Transform is such an interesting word – to change in condition, nature, or character. Now add that to relationship – an emotional or other connection between people. Now put them together – relationships transformed – a connection that has changed.
On Sunday, Jan. 9, Michael Baggett began a new series called The Transforming Power of Relationships. Our first relationship we are to focus on is our relationship with Christ. In 1 Corinthians 11:1 it says, “And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.” Michael said something profound – “life changes when we put Jesus first in our lives.” He explained how when we see and accept people for who they are, then we can truly try to understand people better. Once we understand people better, then we can begin to know them deeper because there is always so much to know about people.
Michael talked about a veil being removed. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 starts out saying “Whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” We do have a choice – we can choose to follow the world or we can choose to follow Christ. Michael explained that when the veil in our lives is gone or the veil has been removed, we can see or reflect the glory of God. He stated that our primary goal is to help others transform into the image of God. He fictiously brought up a brother and asked that if his brother has a problem, then whose responsibility is it to help his brother? He explained that not only is it his brothers responsibility, but it is also Michael’s responsibility to help his brother with his problem. He went on to talk about how we should be high grace and accountability.
Michael went on to say how with our veil removed and our relationship with Christ in tact, we can fulfill a new commandment found in John 13:34. This new commandment reads – “Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
Michael ended the night with this question – What do you think God might be doing in you and through you and your relationships in the near future? Please come next Sunday, January 16 to hear how Michael continues this series: The Transforming Power of Relationships.