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A Life of Transformation
Brett Anderson ©2005

This last week I attended a days' conference on Reconciliation and a Vineyard pastor from Joburg, Alexander Venter, was talking a bit about stuff from the book he has written called 'Doing Reconciliation' which is basically the Vineyard's standpoint on the whole issue of Reconciliation and a really great book sitting in my pile of 'books to read' and which I may attack next. Anyways, Alexander Venter told us how he sent a copy of the book to Dallas Willard who he knows (famous American pastor/writer guy I think) who read it and sent back a short note to Alexander basically saying, 'Good stuff, but when all is said and done it is all about the transformation of human character into Christlikeness.'

And you know what? That's life, not just reconciliation!

What is the point of life? The meaning of life if you will?

"Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. And if what was fading away came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away. But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever- increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit."

[2 Corinthians 3:7-18]

Paul says it a different way in 1 Corinthians 2:2 where he says, "For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified."

In 1 John 2:6 it is stated as, "Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did."

And so on...

What is life meant to be about? The transformation of human character into Christlikeness!

How do we do that? In daily relationship as we spend time with God and "deny ourself, take up our cross daily and follow Him" as He instructs us to do in Luke 9:23.

If you are not gradually starting to look more (in action) and sound more (in word) and live more (in attitude) like Jesus, then I would suggest there is stuff in your life that you need to address.

"Jesus replied, 'If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me will not obey My teaching. These words you hear are not My own; they belong to the Father who sent Me.

All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." [John 14:23-27]

Quiet times... worship... Christian cds.... trying to live a good life... telling your friends about Jesus... praying... reading good Christian books... going to church... cell group... giving some of your money to the church... supporting missionaries... doing a year of your life team for God... going on a missions trip...

That stuff is all good and well, but at the end of the day is my character being transformed into Christlikeness?

If not, what am I going to do about it?