I remember the day I knew I was different. Actually, my mother pointed it out to me with the comment, “What’s wrong with you?” Growing up with four sisters, I could be quite selfish with my stuff. I started working my first job at 14 and had my own money to buy clothes. Of course, my sisters borrowed my stuff all the time and would “ruin” it somehow. But not really. I was just selfish.
After I came to Christ the fall of my senior year in high school, the transformation miracle started. My mom noticed that I no longer cared if my sisters took my stuff. And thus the comment, “What’s wrong with you?” It was just her way. It really would have been more accurate to say, “What’s right with you?” What the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 is an absolute truth. In Christ, we are new creations. The old is gone, the new has come. The transformation process is the basis for success in FP4H. Not our willpower, not our trying harder, not our conforming to what the world says will work to get healthy – it’s the beautiful, undeniable miracle of transformation from the inside out. According to The Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, the definition of transformed is: to change in composition or structure; to change in character or condition; synonym: “convert” or “change.” The process takes time. In 2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV, it says, “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (emphasis mine). We are being transformed into the very image of Jesus, but it takes time.
For me, it’s taking a lifetime. I still don’t have anyone mistaking me for the Lord Jesus Christ, but I hope and believe I am looking a little more like Him every day. The Lord is the one doing the transforming, and He will bring to completion the work He has started in me. I love to share my stuff; I love to give back to the Kingdom; I love that He has changed my heart. Thank you, Jesus, you have made me generous!
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