By John McRae | Thursday, January 4, 2018 | 7:00 AM
Happy New Year to all of you! I hope you have all been blessed by the first three days of 2018. At this time of the year our minds typically turn to thoughts of change, and these thoughts usually center around the superficial adjustments we want to make in our lives. We commit to diet, exercise, get more sleep, spend less, save more, etc. But I believe God wants to see us experience more than a few minor tweaks in our lives this year. His desire is for us to undergo a complete and holistic transformation.
- Romans 12:2 says for us not to be conformed to the pattern of the world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
- 2 Corinthians 3:18 says that as we contemplate the Lord’s glory we are transformed into His image.
God plainly states His expectation of our total transformation, but we must acknowledge that this transformation cannot be completed in our own strength. Looking to accomplish change on ourselves, for ourselves, and by ourselves will only lead to failure. The kind of change we need to experience can only happen in the Lord, by His strength, and for His purposes. The scripture from 2 Corinthians 3 plainly states that we are transformed as we contemplate (meditate on, study, reflect on, relish in) the Lord’s glory.
We can trust that the Lord is the “pioneer and perfecter” of our faith. He will complete the work that He starts in us, but we must first acknowledge our complete dependence on Him. Remember, God told the nation of Israel they would find Him when they sought Him with all of their hearts. For far too long, we have held back in our pursuit of God. Perhaps it was because we were afraid of the cost, or we were unwilling to let God into every aspect of our lives. But that is what we are called to. We must pursue God wholeheartedly, holding nothing back. This is God’s expectation - period. We cannot be successful in our walk with Him, and we will never undergo the transformation He desires to see in our lives, if we continue to live for ourselves.
We must adopt the attitude of the Psalmist.
- Psalm 73:25-26 - Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
I challenge you to truly lean on God in this way. Realize that He is your only source of hope, love, joy, peace, forgiveness, mercy, grace, and acceptance. Quit trying to change to please the world around you – don’t conform to their pattern any longer. Surrender yourself to the Lord and be transformed by the renewing of your mind as you contemplate His glory!
This Sunday is another combined service as we are going to be sharing in the Lord’s Table. There will be Sunday School at 9:30 and service at 10:45. We will resume our normal 2 service schedule the following week on January 14. I look forward to seeing you there this Sunday!
In His Service,