We’ve been talking about the Holy Spirit throughout the last several weeks and how we need to better recognise him as a part and person of the trinity, and how, when we are able to do that and invite him to abide in us we should begin to see a transformation in our lives; something supernatural. Not necessarily in the sense of performing miracles or raising the dead, although not not necessarily that, but more so in the sense of receiving the peace that surpasses all understanding; having peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control in circumstances where no normal person would be able to have those things. To see a transformation from who we were before we knew the Spirit and who we were after. I think, for many Christians, we confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord, but then that truth is echoed nowhere in our lives. We need that truth to be transformative, and we should see that transformation echoed in our worship. Our worship of God has to become so much more than stand, sit, clap, raise hands, repeat. It needs to be something that we are doing all of the time, in everything we do we need to be giving glory to God. If our transformation is not echoed in our worship, or vice versa, if our worship is not echoed in our transformation we are merely making noise. God doesn’t want our worship on Sunday if throughout the rest of the week we are not trying to embody the transformation of the Holy Spirit. Likewise, if we aren’t trying to worship him in all that we do it’s unlikely we’ll see any transformation. It’s a two way street. We’ve got to embody Romans 12:1-2
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
We need to stop conforming to the pattern of this world but embrace the transforming of our minds into that which is like Jesus. More Jesus, less Jeff today.