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Pastor Scott Richards, First United Methodist Church, Post

Transformed Lives Transform Lives

Can you change?

Published Sept. 11, 2011 @ midnight

"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." – (Rom 12:2)

Do you long to make a difference in someone else’s life?  Do you know someone who needs to change?  Most of us do.  We talk about the guy who we feel needs to do something or the woman who needs to stop doing something. 
Not only do almost all of us need someone who needs to change most of us know people who think we are the ones who need to change.  Just as true, few of us think that we need to make drastic changes ourselves.

Transformed lives transform lives.  Several years ago I read several books on business transformation; Good to Great by Jim Collins and Building the Bridge As You Walk On It by Robert Quinn among others.  In the Quinn book it was noted that most upper management in declining corporations knew that their organizations needed to be transformed but they were all hoping that they could retire before the transformation took place. 
Why? Because they knew that for the business to be transformed they would have to be transformed first and no one likes change. 

Transformed lives transform lives.  As I worked in Kairos Prison Ministry I learned that if I allowed God to transform my life then the lives around me would become transformed as well. 
This wasn’t because I became so great but as people saw me transform others, they saw God at work.  What surprised me was when God began to transform the lives of people in the church I was serving as well. 
Before I was appointed elsewhere several people within that church thanked me for the great difference I had made in their lives.  All I had done is recognize my own need for God to transform me.

As a Christian I recognize that we are all in need of God’s transforming power in our lives.  We need to be transformed from glory to glory and from faith to even greater faith. 

Paul speaks of how we see in a mirror darkly but how we will see God face to face.  The author of 1st John tells us that we don’t yet know what we shall be but when we see Him we shall be as He is. 

Do you know people whose lives need to be transformed?  Let God transform yours.  Do you know people who need to change?  Allow God to change your life.  You will be amazed at the transformation that begins to happen around you.

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