21 Nov “Heart Transformation” by Johnathan Moore
I was recently listening to a sermon by one of my favorite pastors, Sean Sears (check him out if you haven’t heard of him before) and he was talking about heart transformations. One of his key points was that we have an active role in letting the Holy Spirit transform us. You see, Jesus is all-powerful and wants us to change, but He cannot force us to if we are not willing. If we (those that have put their faith in Jesus) really want to be changed, it requires effort on our part as well. This means that we are constantly checking our thoughts and behaviors and aligning them with what God would want. Our hearts will develop an appetite for what we feed into. If we are allowing worldly desires to consume our minds, than that is what our hearts will grow hungry for. If our hearts grow hungry for worldly desires, then our behavior will reflect that as well. In order to cut off these sinful desires, we must LET Jesus fill our minds.
Ephesians 4 states, “Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness, they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him…. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes”. A lot of times, people think if we let someone do something, it requires no effort on our part. However, it actually requires a lot of effort when we let someone else make the decision to do the opposite of what we wanted to do. By default, (shoutout to Adam and Eve) we are all sinful by nature, so we naturally want to do the “bad” things. If we are letting the Holy Spirit consume our minds, it means we are actively humbling ourselves before God and allowing HIS will do be done, and not our own.
My favorite picture of playing an active role in our life transformations has to do with surfing. In surfing, the surfer must give themselves to the wave, and start to paddle in its direction. Once the surfer allows the wave to carry him, it is the power of the wave that propels and brings the surfer to shore. In the same way, we must actively first LET the Holy Spirit fill our minds, cutting out any of the “bad” things. Once we do that, the Holy Spirit is then able to work through us, carrying out the life transformation that we desperately need.