God’s work of renovation is designed to make us more like Jesus so that we can have a greater positive impact on our world. Ask yourself, “Is there anything about my life that makes being a Christian attractive to the world?” We are to be a sweet smelling aroma not someone carrying around stinking attitudes. Sadly, there is often a big difference between being a “Christian” and being “Christ-like”.
We are called to join with God is seeing thousands of stories of transformation in our world. BUT guess what? Transformation starts with me and with you.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. NIV
The word "transformed" is the Greek word metamorphoo from which we get the idea of metamorphic rocks, which are shaped through pressure and heat. This is about dramatic change - like a caterpillar transforming into a butterfly.
Finally, reach out for new things.
Embrace the future and the new things that God has for you.
Isaiah 43:18-19. Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. NIV
YOU individually are God’s work in process - God's Story Building Project. It’s about renovation of the heart - becoming a place where God loves to dwell and becoming a person who exudes the character and nature of God. All so we can be a part of seeing more stories of transformation in our world.
Thankfully, God is committed to finishing the story building project that he has begun in you and me.
Philippians 1:6. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears. The Message Bible
That's good news!