Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. – Matthew 21:12

If Jesus changes you, you might be an answer to someone else’ prayer. Jesus calls us to do what he said to do. He is not our projector screen, nor can we be entitled to what we think we ought to get when we want to get it. You cannot change Jesus. He can only change you. And the only way that Jesus changes the world and changes the circumstances of our world is by changing its people first. You may be someone else’ circumstance that they are praying God will change?

Jesus asked us to not be angry people and to be honest and to love our enemies, and to not do religious things for a claim and reward. He asks us to not give in order to be reconciled but to store for ourselves treasures in heaven, to not judge people, and to not shove religion down people’s throats. We don’t think very often about the way our actions, attitudes, even emotions affect those who live with us, work with us, and do life with us. We only think about how we feel. We often don’t want Jesus to work on us, or change us, or make any differences. We want Jesus to be what we think He’s supposed to be. If instead you allow God to change your heart, He will bring you the power to deal with your circumstance. Before He deals with your circumstance, He wants to deal with you.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, please help me to be open to you working on my heart and in my life. Amen.

REFLECTION: Where am I not allowing God to work on my heart today that could be preventing Him from dealing with my circumstance?

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