Each week leading up to the 2015 d4 Discipleship Conference, I’ll be sharing some reflections and snippets from last year’s gathering that have been invaluable to my life. Check out my previous post on the d4 Discipleship 2014 Re-cap.
Often we know that there are areas of our lives that need change, but we don’t always give a lot of thought to what that process looks like, and more importantly, understanding what’s required of us to bring about the lasting transformation that we want to see. There are 3 steps in the process of transformation—each revolving around and dependent upon Jesus.
Revelation: Transformation is first preceded by the revelation of where we are, in a contrast to where we’re being called to. It is that awakening “I get it” moment that we must then act upon. Regardless of the method used, God is the One that reveals this to us. This revelation however, is dependent upon us being in a position to receive it. The quarterback can’t pass you the ball if you’re not ready. So often we’re “waiting on God” when God is really waiting on us to position ourselves to receive what He wants to show or speak.
Obedience: Revelation doesn’t become transformational until we are first obedient to what’s been asked of us. This is also the place that God will withhold new revelation until we have been obedient to what He’s previously shown or spoken to us about. Our obedience is not a request, it’s a requirement, and is the greatest act of faith and expression of our love to Jesus. “Followers of Jesus follow Him. He leads.” It’s also worth mentioning that partial obedience is still disobedience and hinders our forward movement.
Transformation: The fruit of our obedience is lasting transformation, not just temporary change. Change is outwardly. Transformation is inwardly (heart) and results in outward change. We do not get transformation without obedience. This transformation permeates every part of our lives and carries through to our next assignment. We begin to see the world through Jesus’ eyes a little more with every transformation.
It is only through this cycle of revelation, followed by obedience, that our heart is transformed for good. Revelation is God’s part (beginning). Obedience is our part (middle). Transformation is God’s part (ending). The cycle repeats and God continues to reveal more. As with everything life, it starts and ends with Jesus.