DAILY PILGRIM PASSAGE
OCTOBER 13, 2021
He’s coming Back- “Transformed”
In the plot of the 2019 hit movie “Transformers”, the storyline starts with “after surviving the ravaged war on Cybertron, Optimus Prime and the Autobots seek refuge on Earth and meet Spike Witwicky and his friends and family, but they realize Megatron and the Decepticons, the mortal enemies of the Autobots, are also on Earth. The Autobots must do battle with the Decepticons on Earth and save the human race so their planet doesn't perish like Cybertron.”
Doesn’t that plot seem similar to us on Earth? We must find refuge on Earth, embattled with deceptive enemies, and serve to save (bring to Salvation) the human race so the planet does not perish (so we all make it into the Kingdom of God).
The Transformers change at a whim. They change from cars to machines whenever it is necessary to maintain the integrity of their bodies of armor to protect and serve others.
A story in the Bible tells of the transformed mind of a tax collector who hid in the trees to see the one everyone was talking about; Jesus. After witnessing several of Jesus’s behavior he is transformed. “And as [Jesus] sat at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Jesus and his disciples” (Mt 9:10). It is clear in the other synoptic accounts that the house Jesus enters is Matthew’s. Levi, now called Matthew, has been so transformed by his encounter with the Lord that he immediately hosts a banquet in order to invite his colleagues from work (“tax collectors”) and the rest of the lot he associates with (“sinners”) to meet Jesus. The newly minted evangelist is aware that his new identity carries with it the new mission to bring as many people as possible to encounter Christ. He felt it necessary to create the opportunity for those in his life to meet the Lord who had so radically changed his own life.
In the spiritual context, it is God’s will and delight that we actively resist being conformed to this world and seek instead to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. in Romans 12:2.
The process of transformation is something only God can accomplish in our lives through the work of the Holy Spirit. The third person of the Trinity has been given as our advocate, teacher, and counselor to lead us into the truth found in John 15 and 16. We can find ways to be open to the process of transformation as it is guided by the Spirit, but we cannot control it or make it happen ourselves. The wind of the Spirit blows where it will. (John 3:8)
We may transform by the resetting of our mindsets, several times a day, the week, or our lives. We are forever transforming. The most hardened heart and sinner can be transformed.
God can change our hearts to flesh hearts that follow Him as He is Our Father. How promising and challenging we are in allowing God to transforms us by giving us the Holy Spirit urging to change our ways. Glory to God
Rev. Chaplain Lillian Taylor