Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Day 19


From Jesus Calling June 8th-- I want you to be all Mine……..Hold back nothing from me………Come into my presence with thanksgiving, desiring to be transformed.  Psalm 100:4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise Give thanks to him; bless his name.

I mentioned before about change being difficult. I’d like to take it a little further today if you don’t mind.

This idea of transformation seems to be bouncing around in the back of my mind.


It means the same as change. Somehow though the word transform has a bigger impact. It seems to evoke this sense of something really incredible happening.

I can’t help but think of Jesus.  Most of his life was spent dealing with transformation. 

Coming to this earth not as a heavenly being, but as a human.

Preaching to the Jewish people about changing their whole belief system.

Dying a criminal’s death as a hero to us all.

It’s the transformation that makes it all worthwhile.  Jesus did things in his short time here, but if there hadn’t been any sort of change because of his actions what would have been the point? Even on the eve of his death, by celebrating the Passover super with his disciples, breaking bread and offering thanks, knowing what he was about to do, transforms an awful event into something of an example for us all.

Thankful in all things.

Thanksgiving is connected to transformation. It is a step towards what we are meant to be. Whatever is happening, being able to be thankful transforms it into something else, therefore transforming us to.

Negative to positive.

Hard heart to loving heart.

Beauty from ashes.

From the very beginning transformation is God’s goal.  The minute the earth fell, God has been planning for it to be transformed back to what he designed it to be. Everything we go through leads us there.  All for our benefit, even if we can’t see.  The smallest of insignificant events is another step in that direction. We must change, be transformed, because as we are, is not acceptable. To remain in this state that we are born into, keeps us far from God.

By accepting what must take place, we accept God and His will for our life.

 Yes, transformation is about something bigger than just change.


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