God 's Plan Of Transformation

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Ever since the beginning of time, God has been implementing and executing his change management plan. God desires to be in relationship with people and to move them on a path towards spiritual maturity and transformation. Stagnation is the anti-thesis of God’s plan of transformation. As Christian leaders, especially those in ministry, we must continue to seek opportunities to place people in the pathway of God’s transforming power (Rainer & Geiger, 2011). God longs to transform the lives of his people and that only occurs through movement and change. The Bible is full of examples of leaders and change. Interestingly, when searching and studying Biblical leadership and change, several common characteristics arise. God called each one specifically to make a difference, each was called to solve a problem and had their own mission and goals. Abraham, Joseph, Esther, David, Peter, and Paul, all leaders chosen by God and all their journeys included times of hardship and testing, each had a crisis of belief, and all experienced failure and God’s grace (Hillman, 2011). Sometimes, God chooses those most unlikely to lead. “As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:3-6). Paul’s mission was to bring the gospel to the Gentiles, but first required a huge transformation in his own life. Saul, persecutor of Christians became Paul, the missionary. When God chooses people to be leaders and change agents to champion his missions, he does not necessaril... ... middle of paper ... ...couraging leaders to remain faithful to our core values while championing changes that keep individuals and organizations moving forward. God extends that same invitation to each of us. Jesus came to give us life abundantly, not simply to make our life meaningful (Hillman, 2011). “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). “Jesus didn’t come only to give us a ticket to heaven. He came to bring much more – the kingdom of God on earth” (Hillman, 2011, p. 41). God calls, invites each of us into a relationship with him and then to continue his work here on earth. As Christian leaders we are to bring the kingdom of God with us into our families and home, our workplace, communities, and even to the ends of the earth. We are to reflect his light and his glory in all we do, wherever we go.
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