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Be Transformed


Written by Max Lucado, a contemporary pastor and Christian author.  This is an excerpt from his book “Just Like Jesus.”

There was a lady who had a small house on the seashore of Ireland at the turn of the 20th century. She was quite wealthy but also quite frugal. The people were surprised, then, when she decided to be among the first to have electricity in her home. Several weeks after the installation, a meter reader appeared at her door. He asked if her electricity was working well, and she assured him it was. “I’m wondering if you can explain something to me,” he said. “Your meter shows scarcely any usage. Are you using your power?”  “Certainly,” she answered. “Each evening when the sun sets, I turn on my lights just long enough to light my candles, then I turn them off.”

She’s tapped into the power but doesn’t use it. Her house is connected but not altered. Don’t we make the same mistake? We, too—with our souls saved but our hearts unchanged—are connected but not altered. Trusting Christ for salvation but resisting transformation. We occasionally flip the switch, but most of the time we settle for shadows. What would happen if we left the light on? What would happen if we not only flipped the switch but lived in the light? What changes would occur if we set about the task of dwelling in the radiance of Christ?

No doubt about it, God has ambitious plans of us. The same one who saved your soul longs to remake your heart. His plan is nothing short of a total transformation. God is willing to change us into the likeness of the Savior. Shall we accept his offer? Let’s fix our eyes on Jesus. Perhaps in seeing him, we will see what we can become.


Written by Jerome (347-420), a Latin Catholic priest, confessor, theologian, and historian.  He translated most of the Bible into Latin.

O, Lord, show your mercy to me and gladden my heart. I am like the man on the way to Jericho who was overtaken by robbers, wounded, and left for dead. O, Good Samaritan, come to my aid. I am like the sheep that went astray. O, Good Shepherd, seek me out and bring me home in accord with Your will. Let me dwell in Your house all the days of my life and praise You forever and ever with those who are there. Amen.

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