Let’s look at practical example of the power of the gospel to transform a life:
FROM ILLITERATE BRICKLAYER TO BILLIONAIRE
The testimony of Peter Daniels of Adelaide, South Australia is astounding. At the age of twenty-six, he was working as a bricklayer in Australia when he attended a Billy Graham crusade. Peter accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior that day in 1959. Prior to this, he had been practically illiterate, suffering from dyslexia. Without education, without literacy, coming from a broken home, having several relatives in jail or on welfare for generations, the prognosis for Peter’s career was not altogether optimistic. Yet, when he accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, something rose up on the inside of him: a realization that he was the equal of all men before God.
Peter went on a lifelong journey to “see how much money one could give away in one’s life.” First, he put a dictionary by his bed and in the bathroom. He carried a third dictionary around, asking people to explain what the words meant. Eventually, he learned every word in the dictionary. He also read 2,000 biographies during those early years. Peter started a business. The first business failed, the second failed, and so did the third. His wife pleaded with him to give up and just get a normal job. Still, he persevered, and the fourth business became massively successful with offices in Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
I believe God is raising up countless numbers of people like this who are called to be salt and light in the marketplace. Peter went on to build several successful businesses, serve on the boards of several international ministries, author thirteen books and be named by Norman Vincent Peale as the best public speaker in the world. He credits his success to Christ alone.
So yes, the gospel changes everything, both at the societal and individual level. Turns out faith is extremely practical.