A transformed life is motivating and inspiring. It is a powerful thing and noticeable. It can be shocking to those who use to know you as Saul. It will be a good news when Saul become Paul, but will be a stomach-purge to the wicked, those wicked friends, elders and bad leaders who want to rubbish you
Have you ever met someone who went through some major life crisis but has now found peace and it has just changed their whole demeanor? What’s the first thing that comes to your mind? How did you get out of it?! Right?
A transformed person will suddenly discover that he has lost the capacity to do certain things. When you are transformed from the kingdom of Darkness to the kingdom of Christ, you will lose the capacity to be used by politician, the capacity to tell lies, the capacity to defraud, the capacity to fight for yourself and prove your alibi, the capacity to be rebellious and disobedient. You will be well understand that I am strong and I can fight everywhere is not a transformed life.
There will be something in you telling you that you have changed, you are not supposed to do this or that anymore. There are many who claims to be Christian without evidence
“A Christian without a transformed life is like a leader without example” by ~ Divine-Royalty.
Paul says, the life I am living now is no longer me who lives. It is Christ that is living in me. There was no argument against Paul’s life, he lived wholeheartedly for Jesus and every time he shared his faith he pointed to what his life was like before compared to what it was like now that Jesus had gotten a hold of him. His life was compelling! His transformation shake the world around him. And those who was using him before wasn’t happy about him! How about you?
Have you been changed? You don’t have to have a wild story about how you use to be a drunk or a drugg àdict or an adulterer. No matter what your life was like, before Jesus, it should be very different. I want to point you to a passage of Scripture that has been rattling my cage for a few weeks now and I hope the Holy Spirit will use it to challenge you as well. it’s James 4. James 4:1-4 says,
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”
Let me encourage you to do some thinking, on this question, “What does it mean to be a friend of the world?” 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” 1 Peter 2:11-12 says, “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” We must live differently from the world. If your life doesn’t look very different than those around you, something is wrong! We are called to be salt and light in a world of death and darkness. Jesus said, “If salt loses its saltiness what good is it?” Don’t waste your life. Don’t waste your influence on those around you. Live a life that is transformed by living in obedience to the counter-cultural commands of Jesus and allow your life to impact others in such a way that they can’t help but ask you questions.
They can’t help but wonder if what you have might be something they should have as well. Our time is short. Let’s make it count for the glory of God. More grace in his kingdom.