Several years ago, we remodeled our kitchen. We took out the old dingy cabinets and replaced them with new clean white ones, quartz counter tops, new appliances and a pretty tile backsplash. When the work was complete, we couldn’t believe it was even the same kitchen. The transformation was so striking, the cabinet company used the before and after photos in their promotions!
When we take God’s Word and apply it to our lives, we begin a similar transformation process. God begins the remodel job from the inside out. The Holy Spirit works on our heart and soon, the inside work is reflected on the outside and people will notice a change. The Bible tells us, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV) When the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, we learn to die to self and live for Christ.
Our remodel job should conform to our role model, Jesus! The more we know Him, the more we love Him and want to serve Him. God’s heart is always for the lost. As Christ followers, we are here to continue the work of Jesus. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." (John 3:16-17 NKJV) We must understand that lost people matter to God. It’s our job to share the Gospel, but transforming lives only comes by the power of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit.
How is your transformation process coming along? Are you merely soaking up information, or are you applying God’s Word to your life? Remember, the world is a vast mission field. There are hurting people that need Jesus everywhere. Each day in the marketplace of life we have opportunities to share the Gospel. Pray that God would open a door to share the Gospel with an unbeliever. Share with boldness and remember Paul’s words, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” (Romans 1:16)
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Transformed Christ Followers Impact Their World for Christ on February 2nd, 2019 - Watch Sermon