Living a Transformed Life: 5-Part Series
I’ve met many people who have resisted fully claiming Christianity because of what they would have to give up. I’m one of them!
There was a time when I didn’t want to claim God in my life because it would mean giving up the life of “good-living” for a life of “worthy of living,” and the distinction between those two is a wide and bottomless chasm that I was unwilling to cross.
At the time, I was viewing the transformation process all wrong. Instead of it being “what do I have to do for God” it should have been “what can God do through me.” I didn’t realize that transformation was all about God doing something in me—and me simply cooperating with Him. It took me a while to finally get this, but this small tweak in my perception made a world of difference in accepting God into my life and allowing Him to work through me. It wasn’t until I did this, that my life took a sharp about-face from the “good-living” mantra to a “life worth living” motto.
Instead of transformation being a step-by-step, legalistic, and laborious process, we just need to leave the transformation process up to God. And it’s not about suddenly changing the nature of who you are but embracing who you are in an enhanced format. In an article about this very subject, Philip Nation, the Ministry Development Director of LifeWay Christian Resources, put it this way,
“Transformation is not like a cherry tree trying to change itself into an orange tree. It’s about a cherry tree trying to grow up into what it is meant to be—a cherry tree. As believers, we are not trying to become something we’re not. At conversion, we became new creations. Our ongoing transformation is therefore about living out in real time what has been secured for all time.”
So, what are the markers of a transformed life? What does it mean for God to work through you, and how do you start? Over the next few days, we’re going to talk about the nature of transformation, beginning with the topics of Surrender and Renewal. I’m really excited about discussing the transformational keystones with you and how each one allows you to begin living a life worth living!
DO NOT CONFORM TO THE PATTERN OF THIS WORLD, BUT BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND…