In this series of posts, we’re looking at the eight weeks of the Transformed Life church programme. This week Emily Owen shares her thoughts about Transformed Life Week four.
I had sort of dismissed Transformed Life as a nice title rather than an actual thing that could happen. But week four has made such an impact on me that the way I’m thinking is genuinely beginning to transform and change.
This week the Bible passages started by focusing on how bad things were before we were saved. It served as a harsh reminder that I so easily forget that without forgiveness and salvation there is no hope, there is no future without God’s redemption in my life. I’ve definitely become a bit numb to how much of a big deal this is!
Sometimes I think that my life wasn’t all that bad before I was saved, so the idea of being ‘saved’ doesn’t really mean that much to me. Honestly, I used to wish that I had a more dramatic conversion story! But Dave Smith’s point, ‘if you became a Christian at an early age, thank God for what He has saved you from’, had never crossed my mind before. A non-dramatic conversion is a gift. I’m going to stop wishing I had an impressive conversion story about suddenly leaving behind a life of crime or drug addiction, and be thankful that God saved my life before I had the chance to lose it.
I’ve been in small group discussions before that turn into competitive conversations between people trying to get one-up on each other when answering the question: ‘How has your life changed since becoming a Christian?’ So it was great to reflect on how amazing it is that Jesus has saved me from what could have been, and a relief not to have another competitive discussion that makes me feel like making up a story to sound cool!
The concluding thought this week really challenged me. The Christians who are ‘most happy, effective and fulfilled’ have one thing in common: ‘they have never got over getting saved!’ – I’ve had a new realisation of how incredible it is that God has saved me – and I want to remember it so that people describe me as ‘happy, effective and fulfilled’.
Find out more about the Transformed Life church programme here.
About Emily Owen
Emily dreams of travelling the world and writing about the great things she sees God doing along the way. Whilst waiting for dreams to come true she happily works for CWR, plays a lot of netball and is trying to learn Spanish.