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Is it any wonder the Jesus-followers in
In a real sense, though, it is a wonder. Many in
I find I tend this way all too easily and naturally, too. I doubt rather than trust God’s power to transform my recalcitrant heart. I doubt rather than trust God’s power to transform individuals and relationships among my family, friends, neighbors, and community. Yet God clearly and passionately desires and acts to transform. This is the story of the cross and resurrection. This is the story of Peter and the apostles. This is the story of Saul and millions since to the present day. Radical, thorough-going transformation of people’s lives from death to life, from misery to hope, from enemies to lovers of Jesus – all in the mercy and power of God’s grace to us in Jesus.
For me and for all of us, may doubt and fear atrophy. May trust invigorate our whole being more this day and each day, all the way to thorough transformation in this life and the next. This is what God promises and longs to effect in each of us as followers of Jesus, who died and rose as both exemplar and guarantor of the authenticity of God’s astonishing, wondrous transformation.