“The desire for transformation lies deep in every human heart.” So declared John Ortberg in his book The Life You’ve Always Wanted, and I heartily agree with his assessment. Is it no wonder then that all of our favourite stories and movies are tales of transformation? From the frog that becomes a prince, to the ugly duckling that becomes a beautiful swan; our hearts are inspired by such tales. Cinderella becomes a princess. Pinocchio becomes a real boy.
Why are we so enchanted by these stories of transformation? Because they reflect the heart of our loving Heavenly Father, and His desire for each of our lives to be transformed.
Christianity isn’t just about singing songs and hearing stories about what Jesus did in the past. Rather, the true message of the Kingdom of God is this: You too can be transformed today! If you are lost, alone, hurting and broken, you can experience hope, healing and restoration through a growing relationship with Jesus Christ!
How do we experience that transformation? The Bible tells us that we are transformed by renewing our minds by the Word of God. God has given us a gift in the spiritual disciplines – prayer, Bible reading, worship, silence, solitude and others – that help us to experience a metamorphosis. As we behold Jesus in prayer and the Word, we are transformed into His image.
If you’re tired of the status quo – if you expect there’s more to Christianity than what you’ve experienced – then get ready to live a transformed life!
Pastor Chris Jordan