Last Sunday we took time to welcome Lacey Largent and Lori Cameron into the LifeHouse Family through their baptisms. Each renounced their sins in front of you and each laid claim to the promises given to us in the New Covenant through Jesus Christ. But where they are standing on the road to transformation is just the beginning. There is a road ahead of them that will come with obstacles that God will use to grow them (transform them) into the image of His Son.
So it’s important for all of us to remember. We all don’t walk at the same pace. We all don’t get on the road at the same place. We all have different obstacles that we face. And it’s our job, for those who are farther ahead on this road, to come alongside and assist those behind us on this journey.
So ask yourself: “Am I seeing the signs?” that show my status on the road marked transformation.
- Am I seeing surrender? Am I surrendering to God’s ways over my own, which in reality is submission to God?
- Am I seeing renewal? Is my mind being renewed daily to know God’s true and perfect will?
- Am I serving? Am I showing myself to be deserving of God’s favor by humbly serving Him through serving others?
- Do I love? Do I love others as God loves me, especially those who don’t love me in return?
- Am I diligent? Am I persistent and diligent in overcoming the obstacles I will face on my journey? In other words, do I persevere or do I quit when the going gets tough?
- Do I have perspective? Do I see my circumstances from God’s point of view allowing me to hear His voice and know which way to navigate?
You see the more signs I see myself doing on a regular basis shows me the progression I have made in being transformed from my natural state to my transfigured state of being made into the image of Jesus.
Today we’re going to look at the 7th sign of transformation found in Romans 12 verses 13-20. The seventh mark of transformation is: Community – community brings opportunity.
What do I mean by community brings opportunity? Well the language to these verses points to the needs we all have: the need for sharing, for hospitality, for blessing, for mourning, for peace, for having hunger and thirst satisfied. Meeting these needs for one another is where transformation shows itself and opportunity abounds – the opportunity to help and to be helped. We can try to achieve them on our own, but true community makes sure these needs are met.
Therefore we aren’t called to make the journey alone. Christ created the Church for that purpose. He knew we needed community to overcome the obstacles we will face together.
Ecclesiastes 4: 9-12 shows us the value of community, “Two are better than one, because they have good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Jesus longed for community when He asked three of his disciples to come pray with him in the Garden of Gethsemane as He was facing arrest for His crucifixion. Of course He didn’t get it – they fell asleep on him twice.
And the premise of community can be found in this thought: How much nicer is it when you have a friend to help you lift a heavy cabinet above your head, get it leveled, and screw it into place than attempting the feat on your own!
God didn’t create any of us to be lone rangers. In fact when God created Adam, He then created Eve to be his helpmate for He saw that it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone. So if community was established in the very beginning when things were still perfect, how much more is it needed now when things aren’t so perfect?
So where are you on the road to transformation? What signs are you seeing?
- Are you seeing Surrender?
- Are you seeing Renewal?
- Are you seeing Service?
- Are you seeing Love?
- Are you seeing Diligence?
- Are you seeing Perspective?
- And do you see the Community sign?
Do you see the opportunity it provides for you to help and to be helped? I will tell you this; you will only see the community sign if you value it in your life.