Our Focus..

In the book Wide Awake on page 83 it says, “For too long we have focused exclusively on being good rather than doing good. Transformation is at the core of our faith.” We don’t have to look far for us to discover this is a biblical truth. In Romans 12:1-2 it says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. 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.” The point of being a Christian is not just to be a nice person….the point is not to just have a nice tidy life…the point is not to see how good we can be. We need to be transformed! In our spiritual lives God is not here just to enhance our lives but to give us new ones! How is our faith being put in action? How are we being transformed? Do we look any different than we did before we came to Christ? I know that was a big stumbling block for me before I became a Christian because I looked around at Christians and thought why should I become one of them they seem just as miserable as I am. They do the same things I do, say the same things I say, except act like they don’t in front of their church friends. What truly made an impact on me was people who were authentic. People who were willing to admit they didn’t have it all figured out. People who were willing to reach out to me and love me right where I was…even though I was filled with alot of hate, anger, defiance, selfishness, rage, and many other things. It took people who were genuine, authentic, and honest about their doubts, their struggles, yet still had faith and love in their lives. These people were transformed they were not the same. Have we been transformed? What do people see in our lives? I want you to understand here that I not talking about people knowing all of our beliefs because as the old cliche goes “people will not care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Although I despise…yes that is a strong word but it is how I feel about cliches however, this has alot of truth to it. Do people not just know what you believe but can they see first and foremost that you care about them? Do they feel your love or just your judgement? Have you been transformed?

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