My grandson, Lincoln, loves animals. One of our favorite outings together is to spend a couple hours at the zoo.
Recently, we were looking around You-Tube at animal pictures, and I stumbled on a video of a young boy explaining the different stages of how a caterpillar become a butterfly. I’m not sure which one of us was more intrigued. We watched the video over and over. What an amazing picture of transformation.
Paul writes in Romans 12:2, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (New Living Translation)
The sixth dimension of a disciple is PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION. Logan and Ridley define that as “changing your attitudes and behaviors in positive ways, as a result of your relationship with God and others” (The Discipleship Difference, p.30)
Here are some of the specific behaviors that are important in this dimension of a disciple:
- Actively engaging with God in the examination of your heart
- Cooperating with God’s healing work in your life
- Processing feedback and input from others
- Living out new priorities and changed behavior
- Increasingly bearing the fruit of the Spirit
(The Discipleship Difference, p.30)
QUESTION: WHAT IS ONE AREA OF YOUR LIFE THAT YOU BELIEVE JESUS WANTS TO TRANSFORM IN THIS SEASON? HOW ARE YOU SEEKING TO COOPERATE WITH HIM IN THAT TRANSFORMATION?