Transformation – a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. It is a powerful word.
Last year I stood on the banks of the river Thames watching the Tower bridge transform into a passageway for a tall sailboat. The dramatic change in its form mesmerized me.
I once needed a transformation in my life!
I grew up in a Christian home. I went to church many times a week. I knew all the Sunday School answers. I even got a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies.
I knew the Bible. I knew a lot stuff about God, Christianity, and religion. I could debate with the best of them.
But, I wonder if I really knew Him.
Did I really love Him? What in my life demonstrated my love for Him? My perfect attendance pin? My ability to recite many Bible verses from memory?
What about my unseen life? That part of me that others did not know. Did it demonstrate a love for my God?
If I were honest with myself, I would have to say no. I actually demonstrated a love for things of this world. I wanted popularity. I wanted to acquire nice things. I wanted to feel good and be happy.
The world whispered a promise that it could not meet. Instead, I struggled with anxiety, sadness, and addictions.
I am not sure if God broke me directly or if He just allowed me to break myself. Regardless, I eventually became broken.
I wanted more than just knowledge of who He was. I wanted Him.
This is when I began to experience Him. I began to experience His presence. His Word became more than just words on a page to me.
No longer was I comfortable with studying His Word while ignoring His call to obedience. I wanted to know Him through obedience to His Word. I wanted to know Him through His Presence in my life.
What looks different about me now? I hope it is evidence of His Presence in my life.
Question – How has your life been transformed?