Theme: Transformed….a work of God
Romans 12:2 New International Version (NIV)
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will.
Philippians 1:6 New International Version (NIV)
6 being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to
completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
While seeking God to show me what He wants VNTB#31 to reflect, He gave me the word Transformed. At first I was like “WHAT? really God? I was looking for something that sounded more exciting to me”; but everywhere I went and everything I heard spoke Transformed to me so I surrendered to God’s plan. I decided to look up the definition of the word Transformed and my favorite definition says “to make a thorough change in the form, appearance or character of something.” I was so glad I listened to God and let Him transform my thoughts for this weekend.
Have you ever doubted God’s power to transform certain characteristics in you and instead settled for just saying “it’s just the way I am?” or maybe you used the ever so popular “God made me this way” I have. But God can change those character traits. He can change lives and desires to do so! It doesn’t matter what hurts, habits or hang ups you have– there is hope in the transforming power of Jesus.
Amidst my everyday life God pointed out a transformation process similar to ours. One Saturday morning I walked out my front door to see my neighbor’s yard covered in dandelions, the small tenacious flower most people consider an undesirable weed. About a week later they all transformed into seed clusters, ready for the right breeze to carry them off. ….(remember when you were a kid and you loved to blow the seeds off and make a wish). This view to anyone else was probably unimpressive but in that moment God spoke “Transformed” to me again. The dandelion; scattered by the wind, puts its roots down wherever they land and can survive in just about any location. From a little seed to a pretty yellow flower to a white bloom, it produces many seeds to be scattered, all so the process can begin again. God was giving me a picture of us and our Christian life. We are first transformed at the moment of salvation and with “watering”, through mentoring and fellowship He transforms our minds and hearts to become even more Christ-like, transformed into His image, into His Masterpiece.
Being Transformed is a continual process, a work of God, from salvation to death (or rapture whichever comes first). Now, in order for this internal transformation to take place we need to spend time with our Abba Daddy. Philippians 1:6–says, “ And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ
Jesus not only saved us to give us eternal life but to also have a relationship with us, and that through that relationship we would become more like Him… Transformed. And it’s not something we do alone. We are Transformed by the Word ~ by Sacrifice ~ by trials ~ by His presence ~ By yielding to the Holy Spirit and listening to the Lord. I’m looking forward to learning more and growing with you on this weekend.
Sonia Logan ~ humbled and honored to be serving as the VNTB#31 Director