My wife, Pam, walked around for years with a right arm that was functionally almost disabled. Initially, a surgeon attempted to rebuild her shoulder and admitted to her that there was not much that he could do. She needed to have a shoulder replacement. After a number of years, she decided to face the pain and undergo a shoulder replacement operation. Just this past Tuesday, Pam walked in our front door trying to be humble but professed bowling 154 elated with her success. This is only her 3rd week back bowling after a couple years off. Currently, she is doing things physically that she hasn’t done in years. Candidly, I am wondering if Dr. Scotto Quinby implanted a nuclear cell in her shoulder. The shoulder replacement has transformed her lifestyle.
Jesus wants to do the same things in our lives. He confounded a Hebrew religious scholar, leader, and elitist named Nicodemus by telling him that “truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again” (John 3:6). He in essence told this prominent man that every person has a sin nature that makes them dysfunctional in His kingdom. Jesus told this scholar that his “heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure” (Jeremiah 17:9).In other words, “Nicodemus, there is no way that you can work yourself into deserving heaven.” The great prophet Isaiah describes why, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags” (64:6). Then, he told Nicodemus how he could be transformed, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus candidly shared Good News to this religious leader. By trusting in Jesus as His savior, God will insert “eternal life” into his heart and transforming him. This would give Nicodemus a personal relationship with the Man-God, Jesus. By the way, it states in the Bible Nicodemus along with a rich, prominent friend named Joseph courageously asked for the body of Jesus after His crucifixion to bury Him. This could have cost him his career. Why did it do this? His life had changed from a man who sneaked to interview Jesus at night to a servant who along with a rich man named Joseph buried Jesus in a beautiful tomb preparing the body themselves.
In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul the Apostle describes transformation this way, “If any man is in Christ, he’s a new creature. Behold the old has passed away and the new has come.” This man named Paul was a violent leader who led the movement to decimate Christianity. However, He was transformed on a road preparing to destroy Christians in Damascus. He met Jesus and his life was transformed.
Many of us who profess Jesus have allowed our hearts to get swallowed up in the world. Don’t forget the challenge in Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Personal transformation is a beautiful thing. Please don’t let the world fit you into its mold.
I was a guy who was buried in depression with little hope until I trusted my thoughts to the truths in the Bible. My mind has been transformed. He can do the same for you.