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Are You Letting God Transform You?

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve possessed two qualities: I’m very emotional (even more so than most people) and I’m confrontational. I’ve never really had trouble confronting people when I need to!

I haven’t always used these qualities very well. When I was a little girl, I used my emotions to manipulate my parents and get myself out of trouble. When I was a teenager, I used my ability to confront people without love and often I just made others feel bad or angry. If I were a superhero, people would have said that I used my powers for evil.

Both qualities are great qualities; God gave them to me, but I didn’t know how to use them effectively and I was selfish. In order for these qualities to work the way God intended, I needed to be transformed from a selfish person into a person who put God and His will first.

I’m not the first person who had great personality traits but didn’t know how to use them properly–most of us have characteristics that we’d like to use better. In the Bible, Peter is stubborn, impulsive, loud-mouthed and passionate, but like most of us, Peter had to learn to use the qualities God had given him the right way. So let’s take a look at the amazing transformative power of God!

In John 13 beginning in verse 1, Jesus and the disciples are eating. When Jesus finishes His meal He gets up, wraps a towel around His waist, grabs a basin of water and begins to wash the disciples’ feet.

Most of us know the story: When Jesus gets to Peter, Peter freaks out at first, stubbornly refusing to let Jesus touch his feet! Jesus patiently explains why this must be done and Peter finally relents, but this is an example of stubbornness being used poorly. Are you stubborn with the Lord when He wants to do something for us or asks us to do something for Him? I am more often than I’d like to admit.

In Matthew 26:33-35, Jesus tells His disciples that they will all fall away once He is arrested. Jesus doesn’t single Peter out until Peter begins to argue. Always stubborn and impulsive, Peter passionately denies that he will deny Jesus. We all know how this story ends. I love this passage because it reminds me that I often act like I know myself better than God when it’s actually the other way around: God knows me better than I ever will.

John 18:10-11 tells us that Peter drew his sword and cut off the ear of Malchus, the high priest’s slave, when they came to arrest Jesus. Later in John 21, Jesus restores Peter, takes away the shame of his denial and calls him to shepherd His sheep–that is, to care for His people. Jesus has been transforming the disciples for three years as they walked with Him, but I think that here, when Peter’s forgiven for denying Christ and asked to care for God’s people, is when Peter’s heart just gives in to God’s transforming power.

Suddenly, Peter’s personality matures. He still possesses the same qualities–impulsiveness, passion and stubbornness–but now he begins to use them properly and with wisdom. In Acts 2, on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples and people thought they were drunk, Peter gave an impulsive and passionate sermon to help the people understand what was happening. The Bible says that 3,000 people repented and were saved that day.

In Acts 4, Peter and John are taken before the Sanhedrin (Jewish legal council) and told not to preach the name of Jesus. The last time Peter was confronted by someone working for the Pharisees and Sadducees, he cut off the poor man’s ear. This time Peter uses his stubbornness with wisdom and grace, refusing to stop testifying about Jesus Christ. The Sanhedrin let Peter and John go because they couldn’t argue with what they said.

When we read the gospels, two figures are mentioned repeatedly. One is obviously Jesus Christ, the other is Simon Peter. Peter is so human! He sticks his foot in his mouth a lot, makes rash decisions and even questions God, but Jesus always shows him grace, just as He does for us.

If we let Him, God will use His grace and kindness to transform our hearts. He’ll teach us how to use what He has given us for His kingdom, but we have to turn everything over to Him.

How are you being transformed by God?

Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? (Romans 2:4)

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14 Comments

  1. jinglebells

    Posted by jinglebells on December 15, 2012 at 17:11

    Thank sooo much!! you are one of my Favorite bloggers!!!! i am being transformed by being more thankful for what i have.. God has shown me how much he has blessed me

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by Donsy Faye on December 10, 2012 at 23:49

    Wow this spoke to me greatly, thanks for sharing! ^^

  3. ButifulGirl

    Posted by ButifulGirl on December 7, 2012 at 21:47

    this is something that I need to work on thank you very much

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by hugsnkisses0706 on November 30, 2012 at 14:04

    yup, got problems too everybody does!

  5. Posted by Nicole on November 29, 2012 at 22:59

    This was so powerful and eye opening! I loved it!

  6. jesus_loves_you0812

    Posted by jesus_loves_you0812 on November 29, 2012 at 14:14

    Thanks so much for this!

  7. violinlover

    Posted by violinlover on November 29, 2012 at 12:56

    I’m the same way cj serendipity. I get upset over almost nothing or if i’m told to stop loudly. I tend to avoid arguments because it can make me very angry or can make me fall to pieces. You can clearly tell my mood if i let it out. The problem is, if i try to hold it in. It will multiply by a hundred and then push it’s self out like a tidal wave. I hate being told i’m wrong or no. But, this allows me, most of the time to treat others with respect because i know how it affects me. I have no problem proclaiming what i think (ex. Why evolution is not true). This can allow me to show some people reasons behind certain things. He is transforming me into a confident 15 year old. I am loving that i now have the confidence to proclaim his word boldly. I have had major health problems which have sent me spiraling downwords. Not being able to run, not being able to run, uncontrolable asthma, another breathing disease (vocal chord disfunction) and all of this sent me into awuful anxiety. The peak was last year. It took quite a while to conquer everything. For a while it was a miracle i got it under control. I am realising noe that it was all him. He lead me down all those paths to make me stronger in faith. Its amazing what he has done for me… I can hardly grasp it sometimes. It now helps me to understand situations and shine his light through. Wow, long story. But, thanks guys!

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by on November 29, 2012 at 08:42

    I’ve always been extremely emotional and sensitive. I take any sort of criticism very personally, and it almost always makes me cry. I seriously cry almost every day, even if it’s just for a second, or my eyes just get watery :p And I’ve never been afraid to tell someone my problems if they ask. I could pour my heart out to a total stranger, and be perfectly fine with it. But I can’t just go up to someone and tell them; they have to ask :p I know God made me so open and tenderhearted for a reason, and this helps me a lot 🙂 thanks

  9. soccersk8r14

    Posted by soccersk8r14 on November 28, 2012 at 19:46

    omgosh! thank you so much i really needed this!:)

  10. Paris

    Posted by Paris on November 28, 2012 at 19:43

    God has really fixed up my old ticker!!!

  11. JayDee57

    Posted by JayDee57 on November 28, 2012 at 19:14

    I really enjoyed this! Thank you so much for taking parts of your day to write this! You have no idea how much this changes people!

  12. HurricaneMurphGirl

    Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on November 28, 2012 at 18:51

    That was really helpful. Sometimes we need a little push in the right direction, and this was very helpful!

  13. unicorns4567

    Posted by unicorns4567 on November 28, 2012 at 18:19

    That is awesome I realy need this!(:thank you love you brothers and sisters! <3

  14. Chelsi

    Posted by Chelsi on November 28, 2012 at 18:01

    Thank you so much this teaches me alot