Many of the Marvel or DC superheroes we’ve grown up with undergo a physical metamorphosis. Bruce Banner transforms into The Hulk. Clark Kent steps into a phone booth and becomes Superman. Millionaire Bruce Wayne changes into Batman and photographer Peter Parker becomes Spiderman, and so the list goes on.
Change and transformation may be fun to watch in a movie or read in a comic book, but if we are honest, it can be no fun at all in real life. While change and transformation are necessary, I personally do not know many who like it – and I’m one of them.Change and transformation may be fun to watch in a movie or read in a comic book, but not in real life. Click To Tweet
The dictionary definition of change is “to make or become different,” or “to make or become a different substance entirely; transform.” Ironically, change and transformation are not something God is acquainted with. James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” And Hebrews 13:8 ” Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
For us, however, change is necessary and a reality of the Christian life. Salvation requires we embrace a new way of living, abandon old detrimental ways of doing and being and allow God to transform us. The ultimate goal of change and transformation is to become more like Jesus.
Biblical repentance involves a change of mind and heart. It’s a change in direction and a turning away from the destructive patterns that draw us away from God. Let’s face it, this is easier said than done for a number of reasons.
1. Change is not a one time occurrence and repentance is the first step.
Like a child learning to walk, taking the first few steps is only the beginning. Babies fall down and get up and even when they start walking, their tendency can be to go back to crawling. Until they learn to walk, then only does crawling becomes a thing of the past.
Transformation and a change of mind take time. Kind of like a baby going from crawling to walking and taking small steps along the way. Falling down and crawling may happen, but we must continue to get up and take small steps and changes, until we have learned to walk on our own two feet. Making changes to our way of thinking will take time.
2. Change involves the challenge of coming face to face with the other “me.”
This may be the reason why, for the most part. we all dislike change.
Having to deal with inconsistencies within us; those things we know so well about ourselves and dislike so much.
See the conflict in Paul’s words in Romans 7:19: “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.” The struggle is real and the first step, if we want to walk in freedom, is to realize our bent for evil and selfishness and acknowledge our need for God. We cannot fix ourselves in our own ability. Submitting to Holy Spirit to convict, lead and help us overcome is key. The same power that conquered death and the grave is in us and that power is enough to change those areas of our lives that need it.
3. We like comfort too much.
We all like life on easy street, right? Comforts are fine, but they have conditioned much of our society and spoiled us to expect everything to come easy. The fact of the matter is that anything worth having, is worth working hard for.
The Christian life is no different. If we desire to effectively change the areas of our lives that keep dragging us down and slowing our progress, we may have to do without some of those nice comforts we enjoy. We may have to abandon certain fun and pleasures, roll up our sleeves and work with God. Change does not come for free. I’m 52 and I’m still working on areas of my life that I have worked on for decades; and may need to continue working on for a good while yet. 😔Change that is gradual and constant is the change that remains. Click To Tweet
Gradual change is not a negative. Just because we don’t go from 0 to 10 of change in 30 days, that does not make you and me lazy. Change that is gradual and constant is the change that remains.
Starving to lose weight in order to get that beach body we want from June to August is not healthy. Working overtime to do everything in our power to change ourselves is also not a healthy practice. So let’s embark on the journey of change. Will it be easy? Will we love it? Likely all questions we might answer with a resounding “no” right now. But as we take small steps forward and allow Holy Spirit to convict and change us from the inside out, we will begin to dislike the process a little less and in the end become who God intended us to become.
God’s goal is for us to be conformed to His image. I’m staying on the road to change and transformation. How about you?
Romans 8:29: “God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son.” (MSG)
Davide has a unique communication style that has given him a platform in the marketplace to use his “get the job done” skill set.God has instilled in Davide a passion to equip the body of Christ through teaching, mentoring and speaking life through experience and wisdom of years.He is deeply passionate about pursuing and cultivating the presence of God. He currently lives with his wife of 31 years, Lois in Charlotte, NC. They have 3 amazing children with their married spouses.