Pastor’s Message December 2018

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. These are words that the Apostle Paul penned in his letter to the Romans which we find in chapter 12, verse 2. With these words, Paul suggests to us, Christ followers, that there is a pattern for living that is different from the way the world, or non-Christ followers, live. And that when we chose to follow Christ, we chose to live our life differently than the way we lived it before we followed Christ. Paul is telling us that our life must change; that our life must be transformed so that as we follow Jesus in discipleship the form and shape our life takes looks different than the form and shape our life without Christ once was.
 
Simply put, we cannot remain the same people as we actively follow Jesus. Our thinking changes, our speech changes, our action changes, and even the way we view the world and people around us changes. We give up our ways and will and take upon the ways and will of Jesus. We stop seeking the pattern of the world and start seeking the pattern of Jesus for our life.
 
Now, this is no easy task, nor does it happen in an instant. In fact, transformation will take a life-time. We will never be transformed perfectly to the will and ways of Jesus this side of heaven, but we must begin. We cannot remain the same because Jesus will not let us remain the same. It is simply impossible to follow Jesus and not be changed into His likeness because following means to be with someone. And the more time you spend with someone, the more you become like that someone. Have you noticed that? We become like those with whom we spend the most time. Take a look at any set of “best friends” or long-time married couples. They begin to act and think and sound the same. They are on the same page in life together be-cause they spend life together.
 
Transformation does not take place by accident or osmosis. It happens by being intentional: by intentionally following Jesus, by intentionally spending time with Jesus, by intentionally reading the words of Jesus, and by intentionally obeying those words of Jesus. Transformation is not an option for the Christ follower; it is, rather, a result.
 
So then, where are you in this process of transformation? It will be determined by how much time you spend with the One who transforms you.
 
Sincerely His,
Pastor Michael Wedman