Friday, January 31, 2014

TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE!

FOR THOSE NOT ATTUNED TO THE TRANSFORMER’S SAGA,  I keep this intro really simple (If you’re a Transformers aficionado, please forgive my overly simplified introduction.)

Transformers can look like ordinary machines, cars, planes, trucks, and when needed they transform into robots, for lack of a better term.  They have personalities fitting with both of their transformed states and since they take the form of everyday vehicles you never know if you’re near one.  The other aspect of the Transformers is that some are here to help, and some are here to destroy, and you really can’t tell who’s who until they transform into their “real” selves.  As the byline goes, “there’s more than meets the eye.”

The Bible tells us that we are to be transformed (Romans 12:1-2) and that transformation comes from 1) presenting ourselves to God as living sacrifices 2) by not being conformed to the world and, 3) by the renewing of our mind.  The renewing of our mind comes through being saturated with and submissive to the Word of God, the Scriptures.

The Word of God, coupled with the work of the Holy Spirit, can bring about a transformation in our lives as Christians and as the Church of Jesus Christ. Sadly, too many of those who consider themselves followers of Jesus are not seeing their lives transformed and thus cannot be used to be transformative in the lives of those around them, including family and friends. Thus, I believe it is of critical and vital importance that if we are going to live transformed and transformative lives it is imperative that we are in the Word of God on a daily basis. Tragically, many who call Jesus Lord and God are not doing so. Consider these simple statistics verified by the American Bible Society about our weekly Bible reading habits:
  • About 19%  read their Bible four or more times
  • Another 40%  opened their Bible once or twice, and
  • 41% didn’t open or access a Bible even once in the past week; not a paper Bible, not YouVersion on their iPhone.  Not once.
This is information relating to those who go to church and consider themselves Christians. Is it any wonder why we often feel so defeated, depressed and without direction?  It is why I am determined to preach and teach the Word of God and why we are heading off into a new study in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans, which I have entitled, “Living the Transformed Life.”  

I believe that this study, coupled with our adult electives on Sunday morning, and our Bible studies throughout the week, can help us be transformed transformers. It is my prayer that as we study and apply God’s Word in our lives, we will become the living sacrifices that will prove forth the good and perfect will of God.  It is my prayer that we will become, more than meets the eye. That deep within us the Word of God and the Holy Spirit will transform ordinary people into an extraordinary force that He will use to help change our families, our neighborhoods, our country and even the uttermost parts of our world (Acts 1:8.)

If you’re still reading this Pondering, here’s a little fun incentive with which I am going to challenge us. I want you to join me in becoming charter members in Club 8. Club 8 will be open to those who memorize the entire chapter of Romans 8 during our time in this sermon series. It’s quite a task, but it’s a chapter jammed full with what it means to be a transformed transformer.  Once you have it memorized and can recite it to me I will make you a charter card carrying member in Club 8.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s not some other swag that comes with membership in this exclusive club. Up for the challenge? Come on and join the fun.  The best part of course, is you’ll be hiding God’s Word in your heart (Psalm 119:11) and that is reward enough in itself.

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