TRANSFORMERS

At our Bible study with the children this morning, we decided to go through the fruit of the Holy Spirit, taking one each day. We started with Love and discussed what love means and how to show love. At some point, we delved into why we study the Bible, and we came up with this statement.

We study the Bible for head knowledge (memorize), it transforms our hearts (internalize) and then it informs our actions (actualize).

I asked the children if they knew what the word transforms mean. They screamed yes and one of them shouted out the word ‘change’. Our children love the Transformers cartoon series and could immediately relate with the word. I saw this as an opportunity to go deeper using the familiar. I used the character Optimus Prime to illustrate further. For those who are not familiar with the character, Optimus Prime is a robot with the ability to transform into a truck. I asked the children if Optimus Prime could be driven when in his form as a robot? The answer was no. They said he could only drive when he transforms to a truck. I went on to explain that this means that his ability to be driven only comes as a result of his transformation to a truck. And when Optimus is in his form as a truck, he cannot do the things he did as a robot.

Optimus Prime

I told the kids that studying the Bible is just like that. There are some behaviours and actions we only possess when our hearts are transformed through study of the Bible. Loving genuinely like Jesus did, is an example of a transformed heart. And like Optimus, when we are transformed, we can no longer do what the old man did. We can only be one type of person at a time, we cannot be a robot and a truck at the same time. Unliike Optimus who can transform between robot and truck, Jesus wants us to stay transformed permanently. When you taste love, you should never want to go back to hate. When you taste good, you should never want to taste evil.

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!

Psalms 34:8 NLT

As I reflect on this analogy, I realized that the reason why some people have full knowledge of the Bible, know it from Genesis to Revelation, but their actions are in opposition to what they profess is that, their study of the Bible stops at head knowledge and no heart transformation occurs or like Optimus, they want to be a truck when it is convenient and a robot when being a truck is no longer convenient.

You only become a fully devoted follower of Christ when you go from the knowledge phase to the Internalization phase and to the actualization phase. These are the three stages of our transformation as Christians. Then your transformation becomes visible for all to see.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2 NKJV

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5 thoughts on “TRANSFORMERS”

  1. Interesting read. The illustration of Optimus Prime is quite fitting and loved that it was stated that unlike Optimus Prime, Christ want us to stay transformed for the rest of our lives.

  2. Your analogy to MEMORIZE, INTERNALIZE and ACTUALIZE is epic. These 3 must converge to produce positive outcomes.

    Lots of lessons here

  3. Thank you for this piece, a lot to learn from the illustration using Optimus Prime. Permanently transformed is God’s desire for us.

    Also studying and knowing God’s WORD should inform our actions not just for head knowledge alone.

    Thank you sir/ma, this post is truly appreciated.

  4. There is a conversion process that happens between the phases you described in this post. The longer I walk with Christ, the more I realize how useless I am at making the progression through these phases. Our best efforts and intentions are completely thwarted by the inbred nature of sin and our stubborn wills. We have got to relearn the relegated art of staying on our knees praying for character transformation till it becomes a reality. There are too many prayers for our physical needs but very little for character transformation. I think many do not realize that it’s far easier for God to meet our physical needs than it is for him to change us because our WILLS keep standing in the way.

  5. Affiong John Abakasanga

    Quite an interesting article. Our daily walk and fellowship with God will help transform our lives and character. We really need to ask God to help us in our transformation process. Thank you so much my Pastors for this timely reminder. God bless you and have a great weekend ahead.

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