All humanity can be saved from its judgment of eternal death by simply choosing the One who has the power to grant eternal life. Yet there is nothing that can be said, done, or thought that will change humanity’s outcome, except that Jesus transforms what is said, done, or thought into His likeness. Humanity can do all kinds of acts of compassion. But without Jesus or the Father receiving the honor for these acts, they are mere works that are unnoticed by God because the power from which they should’ve been done has been denied. And that’s what sets a transformed life apart from a self-absorbed one.
A life that is saved will begin to display marks (or signs) of transformation. And if you’re displaying these marks in your life, you can be assured that you are being transformed into the image of Christ. And if you want to hear a message of hope here: there is no way Jesus is going to cast Himself (meaning you who look and act like Him) into the fiery pits of Hell.
So far we’ve looked at 3 out of the 8 marks that you should be seeing that attest to your place with Christ. And if you’re not seeing these signs in your life, then the first step is to surrender your heart, mind, and body to Jesus Christ. It’s then that these marks begin to take effect and are used for different stages of development in your life thereafter.
Let’s revisit what they are: Read Romans 12: 1-8
From this passage we see the first 3:
- Surrender – offer yourself as a living sacrifice to God – A surrendered soul is a rendered soul.
- Renewal – be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you will know God’s will – A renewed mind is a subdued mind.
- Service – think of yourself in sober judgment by using your gifts to serve one another – A serving soul is a deserving soul.
So let’s now look for the fourth one. It’s in Romans 12: 9-10.
The fourth mark of transformation is: Love – a loving heart is a gushing heart.
A true mark of transformation is when love for others begins to pour out of you onto them. Love will wrap itself in what you have been given:
- Where Jesus has been patient with you, you will be patient with others.
- Where Jesus has granted you mercy, you will be merciful with others.
- Where Jesus has offered you grace, you will show grace to others.
- Where Jesus has been empathetic with your plight, you will be empathetic toward the plight of others.
- Where Jesus has looked on you with compassion, you will see others through His eyes of compassion.
You name it. What He has done for you, you should be doing for others, for this is what true love is and how it is to be revealed.
Jesus said as recorded in John 13: 34-35 – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Jesus said as recorded in Matthew 5: 43-45, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”
The Apostle John, reiterating what He had learned from Jesus in 1 John 4: 7-8, states, “Dear friends (this is speaking to those in the church who have accepted Jesus as their Savior), let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”
Love is not an option. It is not voluntary. It is not only for those who will love you in return. It is defined by the choice to act upon other’s needs without worrying how this choice will impact yours.
Loving one another is a command given by Jesus that is to be followed. And living out this command distinguishes which road you are on – the road to transformation or the road to devastation.
As I have spoken often throughout this series, a life being transformed into the image of Christ will take on His character and this will be displayed to others through words and actions.
So look at the signs on this road to transformation.
- Is there surrender – surrendering of your will for His?
- Is there renewal – training your mind to think like Him?
- Is there service – humbling yourself to serve like Him?
- Is there love – allowing yourself to love like Him?
Which road are you on: transformation or devastation? Are you heading in the right direction? What’s holding you back from walking on the road that leads to Christ?
Jesus forces no one to walk with Him on His road. He simply wants you to make the choice to come with Him. For His road leads to life, your road leads to devastation.