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Romans 8:29 "For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters." (NLT)

I remember that day when Maria and I were planning our wedding. Our wedding date was set for November 11. With each passing month, the excitement intensified until we finally entered the fall season. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, what a perfect wedding this would be! And then tragedy struck… and our wedding had to be abruptly cancelled. My mother’s health quickly deteriorated and on November 12, one day after what would have been our wedding day, my mother passed away. To this day, I don’t remember how we celebrated Thanksgiving that year.

The pressures of life have a way of breaking us, tearing away the veil that hides our inner character… in ways that can sometimes seem unbearable. It is not God’s will, but such is the world in which we live in. Theologians call this “outside-in transformation” (2 Corinthians 4:8).

By comparison, inside-out transformation (Philippians 1:4-6) “appears” to be the least painful. For sure, it is the one that allows us the freedom of choice. You remember Ananias in route to Damascus or Peter to Cornelius’ house…  “Lord, are you sure you want me to do this?” Inside-out transformation cuts against our “grain”… and challenges our “right,” it seems, to control our own destiny.

Transformation is not just about going from bad to good and then good to better. It’s not really addressing “self-improvement." God is at work, re-creating who we are, re-programming how we think, re-defining what we value and why we do what we do.

The best thing about transformation is that if we allow it, God will change those areas that you and I are not even aware of…to the end that we should conform to the image of His dear son…Jesus Christ.

Ernest Hernandez

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