“Is Transformation Possible?”
“Is Transformation Possible?” This was a question I was asked a few weeks ago in the Q & A session of a meeting I had the privilege of speaking at, and it was asked in relation to an individual’s same sex attraction (SSA). I had no hesitation is answering the question, yes transformation is possible, if Jesus can raise Lazarus from the dead, he can raise me out of my old identity into a new and glorious identity, the identity and life he always wanted me to have.
Transformation is Biblical, and that transformation may be in how we view ourselves, in how we respond to temptation or in who we find ourselves attracted to.
· 2 Corinthians 3:18 - And our faces are not covered. We all show the Lord’s glory, and we are being changed to be like him. This change in us brings more and more glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
· Romans 12: 1-2 - Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
· 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 - Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
· 2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
As Christians we need to be careful about our expectations for ourselves or for others. Are we looking for a transformation from gay to straight? If so, then perhaps we need to do a heart check, our goal rather to be transformed from sinner to saint; the goal of all Christians is to attain holiness, no longer lost but found in Christ.
When we start to look at our lives as Christians and ask the Holy Spirit to show us where we fall short of God’s best, we allow Him to do the transformational work that leads us from glory to glory. When we stop trying to achieve perfection on our own and recognise our reliance on God, then we fix our eyes on him so that he can help us to make the changes in our lives that ensure we live in his best for us.
When I first became a Christian I recognised that acting on my SSA was not God’s best for me, and I chose to honour God through my sexual choices. But that didn’t mean that I suddenly started seeking a husband, in fact that was the furthest thing from my mind. My goal was to love God with all my heart, mind and soul, my passion was to be changed to become more like him, whatever that meant for me. Strangely though, over time, the thought has come back to me on more than one occasion, what if God found me a husband, and now that thought seems strangely alluring! I continue to seek God in all things, my pursuit of Him more important to me than anything else, but the joy of recognising my transformed life excites me and helps me to provide hope to others. Hope in Jesus that we are able to overcome all temptation, that we are able to cast our cares upon him and receive his help to live transformed, holy and fulfilling lives, whether the SSA stays or goes, he is King over it all.