Change is a regular part of everyday life. Our culture promotes rapid and discontinuous change and because technology drives much of this, if anything is true, the changes we face will become more rapid and more discontinuous with each passing day.
Because we face so much change in our world, many people do everything in their power to minimize change in their personal lives. Unfortunately this attitude toward personal change can thwart the very work that God wants to do in our lives.
The truth is God is deeply concerned about change and in fact God’s intention is to change us. This process is called transformation and transformation occurs in our lives when we cooperate with the work of the Spirit and engage in the process of becoming the people God intended, created, redeemed and gifted us to.
What are the marks of a transformed life? Perhaps there is no greater evidence of a transformed life that the fruit of the Spirit that the Apostle Paul identified in his letter to the church of Galatia: “…but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).
The life of faith is inescapably transformative. Friendship with God and with others in the community of faith demands much of us. Paul Wadell writes, “authentic friendship is notoriously different and inescapably risky…friendship is an adventure, a journey that changes us over time, shaping our character, forming our habits, cultivating in us attitudes and dispositions that stand as an inventory of the relationships we have had and the effect they have had on us” (Becoming Friends: Worship, Justice and the Practice of Christian Friendship).
One of my favorite prayers goes something like this: “God meet us where we are and take us where you want us to be.” That is what transformation is all about. May it be so in your life!