In order to achieve all that God intended we must be transformed into His likeness. An old identity is buried and we take on a new identity in Christ.
We are transformed into a new creation the moment we ask Christ into our lives. However, there are many aspects of our lives that take time to transform.
I have found that there are 3 effective ways to be transformed:
1. Transformation by renovation
Paul tells the Roman believers that they are “transformed by the renewing of your minds”
John 15:10 “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love…”
His Word & obedience to it renovates who we are and what we do. As we read His Word, let it read us and be changed by it – as it lives in us, challenges our thinking, moulds our behaviour so our identity in Christ emerges.
2. Transformation by tranfer-mation
John 15:15 “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”
Being around Him you become like Him. being around others who are strong and positive disciple influences on you transfers what they have into your life. Transfer takes place through regular and close contact – with Christ and with disciplers.
3. Transformation by acclimatisation
Anything living placed in the right climate will experience health and growth. The strength of our identity is established as we are in the right environment.
The Parable of the Sower indicates that the right environment is critical to a bumper crop.
Church is that right climate. Its the House, the home, of God. Its the House of believers, of faith. Its the place of life, where the Word lives. Its the gate of heaven, where worship and salvation connect earth to God’s realm.
Keep on the journey today of a transformed life. A new you is waiting!