Here is the devotional:
Maybe by now you’ve caught the vision that transformation is not a solo act. Changing your attitudes and actions all by yourself is not only not ineffective, but also not biblical.
Think of your new life in Christ as a renovation project. No one starts demolition without first settling on plans and the right contractor. Likewise, your spiritual transformation needs
Clear design plans for change
A blueprint (which looks just like Jesus)
Partnerships with specialists (those with specific spiritual gifts)
Together with those gifted specialists, you tear out the old and you replace it with new, Christ-like features. The process does not do away with you or your individual personality, but it does give you a new identity and purpose.
The point is, you cannot transform alone. You need to have others around you—and you need to share with others as well. That’s actually the way God has set up the Church.
You and every believer have been equipped with gifts to use in the Body of Christ, for the growth of each member. Paul teaches how the Church in made up of a team of leaders, each with specific gifts and functions, for the purpose of equipping every believer to be a minister. The goal? So that we all grow into maturity. So that we all transform!
And here’s the joyful, overarching purpose: “So that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith . . . attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13).
Genuine transformation occurs in powerful, supernatural ways when Christians know, understand, and actively use the gifts God has given them. Do you know yours?
One last thought: God does not start a renovation project and then drop it halfway through. He has called you into abundant life (John 10:10), and He will carry on His work in you to completion (Philippians 1:6). Trust that your transformation will continue until you are fully conformed to the blueprint of Jesus!
How would you say your renovation/transformation project is progressing?
Who has God put in your path that can help you on your journey?
Prayer: Father, thank You for the work You’ve started in me. Help me understand how You want me to minister in Your body.
Here are the scriptures referenced:
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Ephesians 4:11-13 KJV
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Philippians 1:6 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
I’ve been waiting for this one. I felt it coming I just didn’t really know if they would go here. But they have. And I am glad.
It is impossible to grow on your own because you just simply can’t do it by yourself. You want to know why you can’t?
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Romans 7:18 KJV
Honestly, I did not need the Bible to tell me this. I already knew that one.
But now there is something good inside of me and that is the Holy Spirit. But since day one of my salvation there has been an internal war going on. I so want the Godly side to win every time but I would be lying if I said that it does.
This is where having other people in your corner really helps.
We pretty much know were are going to slip up at some time. We need people to hold us accountable so we do not continue slipping up.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
James 5:16 KJV
Having someone in your corner is biblical!
When I was quitting porn my accountability partner would hear from me a lot. I needed that type of person in my corner. One who understood my struggle and was there for me no matter what.
And when I became an accountability partner I let them know upfront to call me anytime day or night. I knew what it took because I had been there. Now, some of those same men are accountability partners for others.
When a house is being built there is a blueprint to follow.
We have a blueprint for our lives as well and it is Jesus.
Once the blueprint is handed off to the contractor he calls in help. Help in the form of carpenters, painters, roofers, plumbers, electrician, etc.
The same is true about our blueprint.
In order for our lives to look like the blueprint God starts calling folks to enter into our life. People such as pastors, deacons, Sunday school teachers, random people within the church and others including online friendships that can grow to be deep friendships.
All of these are needed for us to grow and change. It’s a circle thing. They keep us grounded in our faith and hold us accountable and in turn we do the same for them.
But you can’t have that IF you are not in a church body.
Oh not the church thing again Stu. It’s full of hypocrites and jacked up people.
We guess what? You are jacked up too! Get over whatever fear you have of entering a church building and find one that preaches and teaches the Bible! Make yourself available so God can send those people into your life.
You never know you could be that one person that God has chosen to walk beside that one person that only you can understand, relate to and help change.