I’ve been thinking this week about what it means to be “transformed”.  The image from the last Transformers movie comes to mind as Optimas Prime “transforms” from a semi-truck into the towering robot.  It’s actually a great illustration of transformation.  The word “transform” is defined this way:  To Make a thorough or dramatic change in form, appearance or character.”

In 1 Corinthians 5:17 we read, “If anyone is in Christ, He is a new creation.  The old has gone, and the new has come.”

This also is a great illustration of what transformation is supposed to look like.

I think many of us are looking for this “real” transformation, but it keeps eluding us.  We’ve had a taste of what transformation looks like, but we don’t go through with it and we cut it short.

I think there are 5 main reasons why we don’t experience this transformation that Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians:

#1)  FEAR.  We’re afraid of what others will say, what others will think, and if others will be disappointed.  We’re afraid to step out and take a risk, making ourselves vulnerable.  Fear paralyzes us.

#2)  CONTENTMENT.  We’re OK with where we’re at, or we’ve convinced ourselves of that.  We don’t want change, we don’t want to rock the boat.  We’re happy and other are happy with the way things are.

#3)  RELEVANCE.  We think that 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 all about Christ but we’ve never truly experienced a relationship with Christ.  We haven’t really embraced Him and this is our issue, not really the churches issue.

#5)  CULTURE.  It’s not what “we do”:  Generations before me, those around me, people in my “tribe”, my community.  I don’t want to venture too far from my “norm”.

Do you identify with any of these?

I sure do.

I want more.  I want to experience all that Christ has created me for.  I want to truly be a “new creation”.  I don’t want to miss out on anything, and I realize that the greatest obstacle to experiencing this transformed life that Christ has for me is ME.

“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.”  Romans 12:1   (The Message)


Russ Cline has wide experience in church, mission, and global leadership. Beginning in the local church in Southern California, then moving to Ecuador for 16 years to be a part of launching three distinct organizations, Russ is now back in Southern California working with Extreme Response International in providing leadership coaching and organizational development to leaders around the world. Russ' passion is to come alongside organizations and to help them identify areas of growth, focus and change, resulting in greater impact and effectiveness. Russ graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Business and Christian Education and completed his graduate work in Organizational Development. He has been married for 31 years to Gina, and they have three kids: Rheanna, Riley and Raylin. To learn more about Russ, visit: Write directly to Russ at: twitter: leadwithruss, leadermundial

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