Intentional Transformation

If we want to be more intentional about making disciples, then we must begin asking a more intentional question.

Currently, the most-asked question from a person interested in joining a small group is, “What are you studying?” I believe this question needs to change. What would happen to disciple-making if the most-asked question became, “How will I be different after being in this group?”

Jesus’ kingdom is not primarily a kingdom of knowing, it is a kingdom of becoming. Knowledge and truth are essential assets in the transformation process, but they are not the goal. I believe focusing on the Holy Spirit’s intended outcomes is one of the most important aspects of disciple-making.

Consider these verses:

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Romans 12:2 NIV

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 NIV

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17 NIV

Each of these verses highlights the critical component of increasing in our spiritual knowledge. In Romans 12 knowledge is essential to renewing your mind, but take note… the renewal is not the goal… transformation is!

In John 8, truth is something we must know, but the truth is not the goal… freedom is.

In John 17, truth is again demonstrated to be a critical component in Jesus’ plan, but truth is not the goal… sanctification is!

Knowledge is essential, but it is not the end. Knowledge is simply a means to the ultimate end… transformation.

What does Spirit-led transformation look like?

It is broken people like you and me becoming more and more like Jesus the longer we live. Our character looks a lot more like His. We become world-changing salt and light through His powerful calling on our lives.

Be transformed.

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