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Change or transformation?

January 3, 2008

On many occasions throughout my Christian walk I have talked with others who have told me they don’t have a testimony to share. Often when I talk with them about it, what they are really saying isn’t that they can’t see Christ working or doing something in their life, but they have not been transformed. They may have experienced Christ in a way where they have seen change from one thing to another, but what they really desire to see is transformation from who they used to be into who they are meant to become.

Is change enough, or do we really need to experience transformation?
If we have not experienced transformation, are we in a limited relationship with God?
Do these verses change our thinking about change and transformation?

  • Romans 12:2 – Do not conform any longer 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.
  • 2 Corinthians 3:18 – And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect [Or contemplate] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
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  1. January 9, 2008 10:16 am

    Good questions. Sometimes I think we get so hung up on those dramatic outward transformations or changes — “I was a drug addict, but now I’m clean.” or “I was in prison, but God turned my life around.” Honestly, not a great many of us can relate to those. I used to think my testimony couldn’t “compete” with those — as if it’s a competition.

    But I’ve been learning that the transformation God is doing in me is one from the inside-out. I may do many of the same actions, but now I’m doing them with totally different motives or attitudes. And gradually, as I am transformed internally, my outward actions do begin to change as well.

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