A fascinating truth we read about in the scriptures relates to who we are in Christ, and the need to trust that we are ‘MADE NEW’ in Him. The life that Christ desires to create in us is nothing short of a miracle, and His divine offer of redemption instantly transforms the person who invites Christ into their life.
This transformation that Paul writes about is the product of salvation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
Spiritual Transformation is a continuous and progressive process that encourages believers to live a life that comprises of worship, God’s Word, abstaining from worldly desires and above all, renewing the mind with godly pursuits. It’s a developmental process by which through the power of the Holy Spirit we are made more and more like Jesus Christ.
Our vision at Avondale Baptist Church is “Living and Sharing as a Christ-centred Community.” This vision involves a progression by which God forms Christ’s character in believers through the ministry of the Spirit, but also in the context of various ministries in our community. Transformation is seen in believers when we take risks for the Gospel and lives are characterised by faithful obedience to God’s will.
Spiritual transformation can be compared to a process as one by which a caterpillar enters into the darkness of the cocoon in order to emerge, eventually, changed almost beyond recognition. Such is evident when a believer is not ashamed in presenting their own life as being aligned with Christ. This change is so profound that the caterpillar transcends its previous existence and the relational maturity becomes evident in the everyday life.
And finally, such spiritual transformation is reflected when our aspiration is to discern God more deeply and experience His work more fully. It’s God’s sovereign work, but at the conscious level of our own action, it is through our faith.
Reflection by Edmonds Namburi
Edmonds serves as a member of Mission Council and is the Senior Pastor at Avondale Baptist Church in Auckland.