Here are 5 things that keep us from experiencing “real” transformation, the kind of transformation we read about in Romans 12:1 “So, here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking around life, and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.” (The Message)
#1) FEAR. We’re afraid of what others will say, what others will think and we’re afraid to disappoint them. We’re afraid to step out and take a risk, and we’re afraid to be vulnerable.
#2) CONTENTMENT. We’re OK with where we’re at, at least we’ve convinced ourselves that we are. We don’t want change, we don’t want to “rock the boat”. We’re happy and others are happy with how things are.
#3) RELEVANCE. We think that true “transformation” is for those that are “really lost”, “really sick” or “really hopeless”. It’s not for me…. I’m “fine”.
#4) CHURCH. The church has convinced us to embrace Christ intellectually, and not personally. We know a lot about Christ, but we don’t “know” Christ. We’ve never experienced the personal transformation he wants to bring. We don’t embrace him.
#5) CULTURE. It’s not what we do. Generations before me, those around me, people in my “tribe”…. it’s not our culture and I don’t want to venture too far from the norm.
How do you deal with each of these?