crisis of transformation

Spiritual formation, as Dallas Willard puts it, is the redemptive process of forming the inner human world so that it takes on the character of the inner being of Christ himself. "Until Christ is formed in you" (Galatians 4:19) is the eternal watchword of Christian spiritual formation, fortified by the assurance that "the letter [of the law] kills, but the spirit of the law gives life" (2 Corinthians 3:6)
In this sense, and rightfully so, transformation is more than growth. We are not just expanding, or growing, we are becoming wholly different people. Most of the time, as a privileged people we don't think we need to transform...grow a bit perhaps, but not choose to become a changed person.
And yet, unless a seed falls into the ground AND DIES (transformation) it remains just a seed, but if it DIES (transformation) it [becomes something totally different- a plant or tree and] produces many seeds.


Pete Wilson from Crosspoint Church in Nashville spoke about this at the Nines Conference:



The problem is inertia. We have become a 'settled' people instead of a 'craving' people. We're content with our religious routine (even if it lacks power, and presence and perspective) and our lives. We live through our weekdays as best we can, enjoy our weekends, sing about revival and compassion and truth, but never truly experience the interruption of our lives by a dangerous and beautiful God. 
Some of us are engagingly and obliviously humble...a rare but refreshing person to be near.

Some of us are transforming. 
The glorious mess continues. 

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