We are all destined for transformation through the Lord when we encounter Him.
In Him we are not only made new but we’re shaped into His likeness; we’re conformed to His image.
When we encounter God we can never be the same.
When we encounter God, know that a change will come.
Take a look at Luke 5:1-11 for an example of transformation. By being in the Lord’s presence, Peter’s life was changed:
- After letting down the nets and catching a “large number of fish that their nets began to break” (5:6), Peter fell. He fell and was humbled before the Lord. Any self-sufficiency he had had melted.
- In verse 8 Peter confesses that he is a “sinful man”. At this moment, we see that he is repentant and that his self-righteousness is evaporating.
- Peter and “all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken” in verse 9. His self-understanding was no more as his belief now rested in the Lord.
- Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” (5:10). To this call, Peter (and his companions) responded by leaving everything and following Jesus.
Look at the way Peter was changed and then look at yourself. We too fall at an encounter with the Lord. During this time we confess to Him all that is laying on our hearts. Because of his splendour we are left astonished, astonished that He would do something, anything, for us. And eventually, eventually, we respond by going on to follow Him.
Whether our transformation comes immediately like it did in Luke 5 or takes a longer period of time, know that it is God-centred and that this type of transformation, this true transformation, can only come when exposed to the light that is the Lord.
Written by @MissVenShaw, this piece was inspired by the book Foundations, Spiritual Formation and the topic of Transformation.