I've been thinking a lot about spiritual transformation--what really changes us? What makes us more into the image of Christ?
The newborn Christian is a migrant; he has come into the kingdom of God from his old home in the kingdom of man and he must get set for the violent changes that will inevitably follow.
One of the first changes will be a shift of interest from earth to heaven, from men to God, from time to eternity, from earthly gain to Christ and His eternal kingdom. Suddenly, or slowly but surely, he will develop a new pattern of life. Old things will pass away and behold, all things will become new, first inwardly and then outwardly; for the change within him will soon begin to express itself by corresponding changes in his manner of living.
Tozer makes it clear that spiritual transformation is ongoing. When we choose to follow Jesus, the old self falls off like the sloughing of skin.
Yet what role do we play in the change? I don't think spiritual transformation happens to us as much God works through us and we are invited to be participants through discipline, perseverance, and practice. I believe reading the scripture, prayer, and spiritual community are essential to spiritual transformation.
What leads to spiritual transformation in your own life? Is there a particular discipline or practice that ushers in the God's transformative presence in your life?
God, Change me. Don't stop changing me. In Jesus' name, Amen.