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Transformed

“Through His incarnate life, death, resurrection, and ascension Jesus Christ has established his relationship with His Father, His relationship with the Holy Spirit, and His relationship with fallen humanity and broken creation inside our darkness and sin, unrighteousness and treachery, using our own rejection of Him as His way of relationship. Submitting Himself to our murder, He transformed our betrayal into our adoption, and our fallen humanity into the temple of the Holy Spirit.”

C. Baxter Kruger

For the longest time I misunderstood salvation. I thought being saved meant that I could finally wipe the sweat off my brow that I wasn’t going to hell anymore. I thought being saved meant that God was no longer mad at me. I thought that being saved meant I was going to heaven.

Being saved doesn’t mean I was being saved from hell. I was being saved from sin.

Being saved doesn’t mean that God is no longer mad at me. I am waking up to the truth that God is my Father, head-over-heels love, and never mad at me.

Being saved doesn’t mean that I’m going to heaven when I die. I am in heaven on earth and I’m bringing heaven to every situation that I’m in.

The goal of the salvation experience is metanoia. Your mind being transformed.

Do not allow current religious tradition to mold you into its pattern of reasoning. Like an inspired artist, give attention to the detail of God’s desire to find expression in you. Become acquainted with perfection. To accommodate yourself to the delight and good pleasure of him will transform your thoughts afresh from within.

Romans 12:2 MIRROR

And, one final quote.

“Yes, transformation is often more about unlearning than learning, which is why the religious traditions call it “conversion” or “repentance.”
― Richard Rohr

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“The other half of the prophet’s job is to keep people free for God. People get trapped in chains of guilt and low self-esteem, what they judge to be poor performance and less than perfect attendance. As if the goal of religion is “attendance” at an occasional ritual instead of constant participation in an Eternal Mystery!”

Richard Rohr

One thing about  Christianity is that it’s a call to participate in a Mystery.

Yes, It’s about God fully expressing His love towards us in Jesus. Yes, it’s about being free from sin.

But, there’s more to it than that.

Have you ever wondered what is was like for Peter to step out onto the water walking towards Jesus? Only fail miserably as he looked elsewhere and took his eyes off of Jesus.

What did Jesus say?

Immediately Jesus reached for Peter and caught him.

Jesus: O you of little faith. Why did you doubt and dance back and forth between following Me and heeding fear?
Matthew 14:31 VOICE

I love this translation because, I’ve always read this conversation as a stern rebuke. But, I’m not so sure anymore that that’s how Jesus meant it.

I think Jesus was saying, “You had it! You were doing it! But then you let fear and circumstances get in the way. It’s OK. Dry off. They’ll be other chances. Now, what did you learn?”

At least, that’s what I like to think He would say to me if I were in Peter’s water-logged sandals.

Jesus’ life was full of risk. I think He asks us to do the same.

Take risks.

Live in the tension of mystery.

Hold things with a loosened grip.

Get out of the boat.

Join Him.

Participate.

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