A Yielded Heart to Transform
A Yielded Heart to Transform
As we grow up, we develop certain personality traits and characteristics based on where we live, our parents, our siblings, our friends at school, experiences, economic situation, and so much more. We develop this image of who we think we are based on how people see us, how we see others, and how we choose to handle things as well. However, we must understand that outside of God we can never truly know who we really are. We are never complete in who we are outside of him. We were made by God, and he has designed us. We have to discover him first in order to discover ourselves. Our experience don’t make us because God did. Our experiences don’t define us because God did. Therefore, in his word we find out who we were created to be, we find out the characteristics that we were designed to possess, the attitude we were intended to display, and the abundance of life we are promised live out.
I know it is hard to be anything but who you have been for years. It is hard to be calm in chaos when you would normally fight, curse, yell, and scream. It is hard to be patient with people when you would ordinarily walk away and never have to talk to them again. It is hard to love someone when they talk bad about you. It is hard to pray and read the bible every day when your schedule did not have that in it. It is hard to fast some days when you are used to eating when you want, what you want, and however many times you want. However, God can transform us completely. Yes, it is hard in our own power. Nevertheless, Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” If you are willing to allow God to transform you, he will! However, if you are reluctant to let go of things, it will be hard. God can only work with a completely yielded heart.
Transformation is not easy for two reasons:
It is not easy to look at you, which means the things that you do wrong. We often justify the choices we make. They even have special phrases in our society that denote its ok such as YOLO, Turn Down For What, Ima do me, You Mad or Naw, and so many others. However, that’s why we need transformation because all of those concepts are contrary to the Word if they encourage behavior that pull us away from God.
It is not easy to change when you still want to continue to do what you want. It is impossible to start transforming when you still desire to do the things that God says you have to let go. All sin is not boring and hard. There are somethings that you have found a lot of happiness and limited fulfillment in, but in God you find Joy (happiness not based on happenings, Joy even in bad times), Total Fulfillment, and more! Joshua said, “Choose You this day whom you will serve, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:14-15).
So what does it mean to Transform?
Transform- To make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of
Dramatic- sudden or striking (clearly visible)
The reason why people know people have truly given their lives to Christ is not because they said it, but it is because of the way they live. It is because they have changed, transformed. People should be able to see a dramatic shift from one way of living to another.
I remember when I gave my life to Christ visiting my brother’s church one Sunday. I came home and I sat at the dinner table and sat quietly just mediating on the choice I had made with God, and my mom looked over at me and said, “Chavon you got saved today didn’t you?” I said, “Yes, how do you know.” She said, “I can just tell, you even look different.” My disposition had changed, the way I was acting had changed, and it was just the start of the change that God was beginning in me.
Let me tell you, I did not have it all together after that. I was hot tempered. My brothers and I got into arguments and fights over the smallest things, but we did love each other. We just did not know how to communicate with one another when we did not like what the other had done. Years later, I looked at myself in the mirror, and I hated my hot temper. The interesting about this hot temper, I knew how to keep it under control in most instances. I was a nice person. My friends never really saw me angry, and I never let people get close enough to me to put myself in a position to get angry with people. However, living with my family, I couldn’t get away from these people lol. We lived together, slept together, ate together, and traveled together. Therefore, my hot temper showed up when someone did not do what I wanted or the way I wanted it, I would get so upset. However, years later, I became the peace maker in my family, and I am still the peace maker most of the time in my family. When I became married, I had to fight to kill that hot temper again. There are so many other things that God changed in me, and there are so many other things that God has to change in me. I think attitudes can be the hardest thing to change because we believe our bad attitudes are really who we are or we justify our attitudes when someone has done something wrong. The world says it’s justified to have a bad attitude, fight, curse, and fuss when someone has a bad attitude, but that is not what God says. He teaches us a better way. If God did it for me, he can do it for you!
What are somethings you do or justify that really need to be transformed in you?
Transformation takes time! Allow God to transform you. All you need is a yielded heart!
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.