Transformed

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Contributed by Mike Scott, Elder Overseer of Web/Graphic Arts/Media at Image Church

Recently, my oldest daughter Courtney came into the family room with something that was troubling her. I asked her what was wrong, and she sat down next to me with her laptop and sighed. She opened it up and showed me a picture of the Bible on a document that had nothing but profanity and false sayings about everything we as Christians believe. She told me it was from a friend’s Facebook page. She explained how she contacted him and told him it was offensive, and through some back and forth conversations, he summed-up that he was an atheist and didn’t believe the Bible or God, so it didn’t bother him at all. I had the opportunity to share with her that this is unfortunately how a lot of people in the world are – the “Walking Dead” that don’t have the Holy Spirit in their lives to help guide them. I also shared that she just needed to continue to be the witness that she has been. At the end of the conversation, she said something that really stuck with me. Courtney said that it just really hurts my heart and troubles my spirit to read that and think that other people believe that. At that moment, it hit me hard. I thought about how de-sensitized we as Christians really are sometimes, especially we who work around people every day and hear and see this played out. When we hear someone use the Lord’s Name in vain, does it make us cringe, or do we just brush it off and ignore it? When we see people for who they really are without the Holy Spirit, do we pray for them to accept what God did for them and to receive salvation?

Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. [ESV]

We are transformed when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives. We are made a new creature, and old things are passed away. We are fortunate enough as Christians to serve a living God who sent His Son Jesus to die for us and cleanse us of all our wretched sins. We are blessed to have the Holy Spirit living in us to help convict and guide us and encourage us to not be conformed to the wicked ways of the world. What things are in our lives right now that are not pleasing to God or that would cause us to be desensitized? If we reflect, I am sure that there are things we all could eliminate watching, listening, or participating in on a routine basis. Now is the time to clear-out all the junk in our minds or lives that are holding us back from being what God wants us to be.

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