Transformed through Hope

TransformedWe see a lot of different transformations throughout our lives. Our environment and surroundings are constantly changing and before we know it, serene landscapes have disappeared to make room for commerce, shopping malls, and condos. We also see cuddly infants who seem to suddenly transform into moody teenagers, then transform yet again into mirrors of their parents. I think the most iconic of all are the butterflies that experience their metamorphosis inside the cocoons of caterpillars, from which they emerge biologically and beautifully transformed.

As radical as some of those transformations are, there was an even more amazing change that took place on a mountain long ago, in front of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, James, and John.

“After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all alone. There he was transfigured before them. His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach them. And there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what to say, they were so frightened.) Then a cloud appeared and covered them, and a voice came from the cloud: ‘This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!’ Suddenly, when they looked around, they no longer saw anyone with them except Jesus.” (Mark 9:2-9)

How amazing that must have been! Have you ever experienced or imagined a transformation like that? Jesus went from the visual form of a normal human being to something so glorious and luminous that the human eye could barely look upon it – it was like looking at the sun. This was a change like no one had ever seen or would see again.

As miraculous as that change seems, did you know the same thing can happen to us? Romans 12:2 tells us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

For many of us, we know we are a part of the family of God, but we don’t feel we’ve changed much; we haven’t experienced a transformation like the one described above. So what do we do? This transformation won’t happen without effort on our part. To be transformed, we have to renew – change and add new data, experiences, and behaviors – to our mind. We do this by spending more time with God, reading His Word, the Bible, and communicating with Him through prayer. The more time we spend with Him, the more we become like Him. When we change, this change spreads through us and out into the world around us, making all things new, different, and transformed.

The world around us needs hope, but they can’t acquire that hope on their own. Through the sadness, they need your help, your light, and your transformation to bring them that hope. However, they won’t be able to recognize your ability to help if you just look and act like one of them. People need to see the difference in you, so they too can have the hope of being different as well.

As you spend time with God today, and ask Him to transform you, so you can bring more hope and joy to the world, so that you too, can display a heart that is luminous, “dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could bleach.”