TRANSFORMATIONThe Christian life is predicated on transformation. Christian growth and transformation involves movement in both wholeness [physical, emotional and spiritual healing] and holiness [sanctification and growth into Christ-likeness)]. Growth is the normal condition for all followers of Christ.
But not all transformation and change is good. In that light, three questions…
What do you desire to become?
What does God desire that you become?
What are you actually becoming?A problem is that many of us get stuck in this process of Christian transformation. Life can become hopelessly full of brokenness, dysfunction, sinfulness or inappropriate behavior. We can get caught up in such things as un-forgiveness, self-absorption, selfishness, just to name three big ones.
AN OBSTACLE TO TRANSFORMATION- NOT KNOWING TRUTH(Not knowing what God desires that we become)
To make progress in the spiritual life requires that we know what is right and good from God’s perspective. God’s Grace is at the center of the Christian Life, but so is Truth. Without Truth we baptize (declare holy) anything in the name of God’s grace and call it God’s good and perfect will for what He wants us to be or do.
AN OBSTACLE TO TRANFORMATION- UN-FORGIVENESSWe can find ourselves caught up in what seems like permanent un-forgiveness. For anyone who is stuck in the past and in un-forgiveness, you know how this can impede spiritual growth. If we allow it, we can be the permanent victim of trauma, wounded memories, abuse, and broken relationships. What sanctification (growth) offers is the possibility of becoming victors rather than victims. Nelson Mandela said, "Un-forgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping that the other person gets sick." We settle for life as it is rather than life in abundance as God offers it.
AN OBSTACLE TO TRANSFORMATION- COMPLACENCYThe world’s agenda makes it easy for the devil to dictate what is important to us. Growth may not even be on your agenda. Without intentionality toward “sanctification” spiritual health and wholeness does not happen, nor does the abundant life God promises. None of us set out to be spiritually mediocre or luke-warm followers of Christ. We need to have as a goal allowing God to recalibrate our lives such that what is important to God is important to us: corporate worship, study of Scripture, service, being in Christian fellowship and service.
There are more nuggets yet to be mined from our time with Bishop Hill. Stayed tuned.