Yesterday at MCC we continued our “re:Focus” series by talking about one of our values that will enable us to live out our vision: Transformation.
We looked at a verse in Romans 12, where the writer [Paul] challenges disciples of Jesus with these words:
2 Do not conform to the pattern of 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.
Don’t simply go with the flow of this present age…instead, as disciples of Jesus, live your lives now as if God’s kingdom has already come on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus’ disciples are people who live today in anticipation of how things will be at the “renewal of all things.”
Which means we can’t give in to the “pattern of this world,” but instead we must be transformed.
Transformation is a process. It’s like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly or learning to ride a bike. There are steps, it isn’t an instant occurrence. It’s a journey.
We don’t have to hope or wish we could be different. God has given us the tools to be transformed, as his Spirit enables us to use them. Scripture, prayer, worship, serving others, and generosity are only a few of the disciplines that help move us along on the journey of transformation. But we must do them. We cannot simply wait on God to make us generous or compassionate. But as we do them, he shapes our hearts to be more like his.
What disciplines are you engaging in, right now, that lead to transformation?