Transformation Comes At A Cost

Transformation Comes At a Cost
Something must die

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)

As I was driving down the road the other day the wind was slightly blowing and the leaves were softly dropping from the surrounding trees next to the road.  The colors were stellar, ranging from bright yellow to a burgundy red and the ground rivaled any canvas of oil. It seemed a little late for fall colors but it was unmistakably clear; transformation was in the air. 

As I looked at the leaves falling I was reminded of this basic principle; transformation comes at a cost, something must die.  So if we are to be changed to be more like Jesus then something must cease to exist within us.  We must die to ourselves, or as John the Baptist so perfectly said about Jesus, "He must increase, but I must decrease." (John 3:30) 

Every one of us has a list of sinful habits we need to decrease in our lives so the transformation to be more like Jesus can increase. . This is imperative for our transformation to take place.  If we are going to allow God to transform our speech then we must kill any sarcasm and gossip within us.  If we are going to allow God to transform our heart of worship, then the idolatry we have allowed to creep into our life must die.  We often think of death as bad, but this is not always the case.  

Think of a grain of wheat falling to the ground from the plant.  As it lies on the ground it appears to have come to an end, but in its death life begins and a new plant springs forth bringing a whole new batch of wheat.  This is the very metaphor Jesus used to describe His own death.  We can clearly see His death continues to bring forth life in every new believer.  So a healthy Christian life continues to be transformed with one's death to sin and to self.  

"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain." John 12:24 (NKJV)

Q:    How can we apply this principle into our lives today as Christian men and women?

If there is a sinful habit in our life then we need to identify with it and it must die.  We need to lay these things down now.  When we do this we will see God's transformation within us and we will begin to live more for Him each passing day.  

I want to encourage you today to take an inventory of any sinful habit you may have and choose to crucify it.  You may not think you are capable of doing it because of its stronghold in you, but don't let this stop you.  Choose to seek the Lord's empowerment to do His will.  This starts with our willingness to walk in faith and to do what we know to be right.  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to the death of our old life and our new life in Christ?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are there any areas in your life where you need to kill a sinful habit?

APPLICATION:  Ask God to give you the power to stop whatever it is you need to have die in your life.  Once you have done this walk in faith and practice doing what you know to be right.  

Father, thank You for Your wisdom, power and guidance in my life.  Help me today to identify any area I need to allow You to deliver me from.  Give me Your wisdom for doing what is right and the power to make the proper decisions.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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