Last week I preached a message entitled, Conformity is the Death of Originality.
The Bible warns us against copying the behaviors and customs of the world (conformity). I argued that because of our current culture’s fascination with personal authenticity (everyone being fully themselves) most people end up copying one another in the quest for true originality.
I get tired of seeing Christians trying to be so cool and relevant. I don’t want to be cool. I don’t want to be hip. I want to be radical. God wants us to be radical. Jesus was radical. In order for us to be radical we have to be transformed on a continuous basis. As we are transformed, we’ll truly find ourselves because the REAL you can only be define and delineated (to describe, portray, or set forth with accuracy or in detail) by God.
Transformation liberates the personality by giving a new perspective to life, by bringing into the life the virtues of humility, loyalty, devotion and rightness of attitude, that refreshes and revives the spirit.
I know many Christians who will only go so far in their walk with God and the mission of Christ because they are afraid they will lose their individuality. They want to be authentic and real. They are wrong and misguided. They fail to realize that transformation is deeply personal. God wants to encounter the real you, change your name, restore your life, fill you with His spirit, give you purpose, and use you to help change the world.
I’m not saying to abandon your individuality, I’m asking you to bring your individuality into the hands of God and as the prophet Isaiah uttered so eloquently, say, “here I am, send me.” He said, HERE I AM. Isaiah’s experience was deeply personal. When is the last time you had an encounter like that with God.
Know that your personal experience will affect the corporate environment. As we individually experience God’s transformational power, we (corporately) are able to worship more richly together.That’s what happened in Acts 2. The Holy Spirit came upon each person individually, but the Spirit’s presence and power impacted the entire group corporately. That is transformational. It is the power of God upon our lives – individually and corporately.
HOW DOES TRANSFORMATION HAPPEN?
- As we spend time and honest and heartfelt prayer.
- Transformation happens when we share our encounter with God and with others.
- Transformation happens as we feed on his word.
Great quote here by Daniel Henderson in Transforming Prayer.
“The world is not transformed by relevant Christians, strategic Christians, visionary Christians, leadership – Sabby Christians, wealthy Christians, attractive Christians, educated Christians, active Christians, or articulate Christians. These are all interesting qualities, and might be helpful on occasion – especially in building religious organizations and selling books. Ultimately, the world is transformed by sanctified Christians through whom the life of Jesus becomes a mystifying manifestation. People change by Jesus cannot help but change the world.”
I’m Harold Dorrell Briscoe. Thanks for reading.