From the Minister’s desk;
Transformation: The change begins with me
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
Within this verse we find a fundamental truth: the need for change. I believe we should make the necessary changes in our lives to be better people for the Lord. Wouldn’t you agree?
While it is sad but true, many people do not see the need for a change. They have become comfortable and complacent with their spiritual growth and no longer welcome any opportunities for further growth. How many times have you heard someone say; “This is just the way I am.” This is the cry of many who truly feel it is a matter of impossibility for them to change or grow.
Every child of God must believe that they can become the strong Christian that God intends for all of us to be. In Philippians 4:13 we are reminded that we can…”do all things through Christ that strengthens me.” Every day we should be striving to become less and less like ourselves, while becoming more our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. This thought is reflected in Romans 8:29 where Paul said we are to… “conform to the image of his son.” If this is to take place, a transformation must take place on the inside that is truly evident on the outside.
The question maybe asked; “How does this transformation take place? I believe the apostle Paul gives us the answer. In Galatians 2:20 he says; “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I now live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” This requires a daily dying to selfish attitudes, desires and motives. It also involves putting the needs of others before our own (Phil.2:3-4). Transformation continues through daily communion with our heavenly Father in prayer (1 Thess.5;17); daily bible study (2 Tim. 2:15); regular worship and bible class attendance (Heb.10:25) and sharing the word of God with others (Matthew 28:19-20). May these things and others help us to make the transformation in our lives that will always give honor and glory to our heavenly Father.
Barry L. Gainey, Minister