New Blog Post: A Transformed Christian

One of the magazines that I read on a regular basis is Leadership Journal (LJ). This is a quarterly publication that I find very helpful as a pastor.  Each issue addresses a particular theme relating to church leadership.  The summer 2012 issue focussed on transformation.  How does a person become transformed?  That is, how does a person become more and more like Jesus?  To help us reflect on these questions and the topic of spiritual transformation, I pass on this list from Gordon MacDonald, who is a regular writer for LJ.
A transformed Christian is one who . . .
  1. Has an undiluted devotion to Jesus.
  2. Pursues a biblically informed view of the world.
  3. Is intentional and disciplined in seeking God’s direction.
  4. Worships, and with a spirit of continuous repentance.
  5. Builds healthy human relationships.
  6. Knows how to engage the larger world.
  7. Senses a personal “call” and unique competencies.
  8. Is merciful and generous to those who are weaker.
  9. Appreciates that suffering is part of faithfulness to Jesus.
  10. Is eager and ready to express the content of his faith.
  11. Overflows with thankfulness.
  12. Has a passion for reconciliation.
Gordon MacDonald, “How to Spot a Transformed Christian” in Leadership Journal (Summer 2012), 31-34.

I don’t know about you, but I find this to be a helpful list.  It serves as a check-list for self-examination and casts a vision for what a transformed life looks like.  To read the full article, see the LJ website.  (See the link below.)  http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/2012/summer/transformedchristian.html

Father, transform us.  Please make us more like Jesus.

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