The Transformed Life in Christ
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 1 Cor. 5:17
This year, we are asking God to bring about a change in our lives, our families and our church or spiritual community. God is asking us, calling us, to step out by faith and follow His lead … wherever that may take us.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.Romans 12:1,2
When I read the above verses, I struggle with words like change, transformation, metamorphosis. When we use these words we often have different ways of understanding them and different perceptions of what they mean … meanings that we don’t all share.
For some of us change is a shift that may or may not last, or stand the test of time. It’s often pivotal in nature. It is one or the other, black or white, however, it doesn’t always reflect the whole process or journey of progression in our life.
In 2012, we are using the word transformation to speak of an enduring process in which a person is radically reformed … meaning that they would not ever revert to their previous condition, hence, a transformation … once a caterpillar, now a butterfly! Read more …