What does living a life transformed by Jesus mean to you?
Living a life transformed by Jesus is a life of freedom, victory, and opportunity. I grew up in the church and I always thought that I was “good” and “Christian”. In high school, no one could tell I was Christian because my life outside of church wasn’t consistent with who I was at church... I had everyone fooled, even myself. Living with two identities eventually it took its toll on me. During my senior year of high school, I grew tired of the double life that I was living, I grew tired of hiding things. I asked myself the big questions. Is God real? Are all of the things I have learned in church real? Is all of this worth it?
During this time I remember hearing Revelation 3:15-16 during a message at church... “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” I had heard that verse before, but this time, it was different. It resonated with me. I remember praying to God in desperation for him to change me and to move his Spirit within me. It was during that prayer when everything I had grown up hearing in church became real to me and started to make more sense. I saw how much God truly loves me by sending Jesus to die on the cross to save me. Through that encounter, I was able to intimately experience the transforming love of Jesus for reals. The best part of that experience is knowing that Jesus doesn't transform us once or twice, but he continues to transform us daily when we dedicate our lives to Him.