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SCRIPTURE: 7:7-20

As we head toward Easter Sunday, it is a time for transformation. What was covered with snow will soon bloom again. We are people of transformation when we follow the will of God on our lives. We are not the same people that we were last week. Some people think that if they go to church each Sunday and sit in the same seat, they will be saved. Maybe you have conformed to being a good church goer but have not allowed God to transform your life. Some people may be asked, “Have you accepted Jesus as your personal savior? Do you believe that he died for your sins?” The reply might be, “I don’t know about any of that, but I sit here every Sunday.” I was one of those people. I was baptized. I went to church just about every Sunday no matter where I was. I was a conformist. I was not being transformed.

In my sermon last week, I talked about never giving up. It was a slogan for the late Jim Valvano, the late basketball coach. When he was 16 years old at a basketball camp, Jim Valvano’s life was changed by a statement about faith. Rev. Bob Richards, who was an Olympic champion and an ordained minister, said “The Lord must have loved ordinary people because he made so many of us.” Valvano said that at that moment, he felt insignificant. Then he heard the line that changed his life. I hope that it changes yours also. “Every single day, in every walk of life, ordinary people do extraordinary things!” We, as humans, can be transformed more than anything on earth. Paul points us to the ultimate answer. We have a choice. we alone can decide if we are going to transform our lives. We can decide if we will conform to the world or be transformed by the renewing of our lives and spirit.

Rev. RC Sproul, who is a minister and theologian has a daily program/podcast called Renewing Your Mind. The mission of the program is this. God calls his people to be transformed by the renewing of their minds so that they are thinking His thoughts. Transformation is a daily pursuit for all of us. To aid you in this, Renewing Your Mind broadcasts a daily message with related resources that offers the glories of God revealed in the bible against the backdrop of culture, philosophy, ethics, and church history. It helps to equip you for the Christian life.

Remember, the choice to follow Jesus is never finished. As long as we live and breathe, we must battle at the crossroads of life.
Jeremiah 6:16 “This is what the Lord says, ‘Stand where the roads cross and look. Ask where the old way is, where the good way is, and walk on it. If you do, you will find rest for yourselves.” 

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” The gate is open here at Burnt Hills Baptist Church. The church can help with your transformation by being the voice of God. If the church is loyal to it’s mission, it provides the path to transformation.