Transformers (7/29/13)

Read: 2 Chronicles 24:1-25:28, Romans 12:1-21, Psalm 22:19-31, Proverbs 20:8-10

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

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Relate: Sometimes its not good to think while watching a movie. It ruins the experience. Sometimes I just can’t help it. Back when the first Transformers movie came out there was a moment when Sam is complaining to Bumblebee about being such an old, beat up looking car. So Bumblebee speeds into a tunnel, gets up on two wheels to “take a picture” of a sweet looking camaro as it passes by and “transforms”.

It got me thinking, “why did it need to take a picture”? From there why do they even need to imitate human technology. I mean, I understand when they are going undercover, but once they’re out in the open, why do they still transform into the same things? Aren’t there better fighting machines Bumblebee could be than a camaro? Is Ratchet a better medical officer because he transforms into an ambulance? Optimus, seriously, put some cannons on that rig at least. They all came from a planet full of living technology devastated by war. Weren’t there cooler, more efficient war machines there they could turn into?

React: I know, I know. It’s only a movie. There’s no need to get all worked up about a work of fiction. But part of the reason I get worked up is because we are autobots. Like them, we belong to another world, another kingdom. Like them we have a mission and a responsibility to save the people on this planet. Like my complaint of them, we aren’t nearly as effective as we could be. We are so busy imitating the things of this world that we neglect the power from our home in the heavens that we could be tapping into. It’s time to transform. God help me to transform.

Respond: 

God, transform me. There is a world to reach, there is a commission to fulfill, and I cannot be an effective part of it if I am tied down to the pattern, to the systems of this world. Help me to stop imaging myself by the patterns and ideas of this world. Help me to stop imitating the very things I am called to transform. You have a new way of thinking for me. You have a new way of living, of being for me. Help me to change.

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24 comments

  1. Love this post!!! God bless ;)

  2. I liked your response- your prayer. I think it’s great to ask the Lord to transform us. It’s necessary for us to be open to Him in that way so that He can have a way to move in us. Thanks for sharing on this topic. I’ll keep you in my prayers BJ.

  3. I absolutely think your comparisons in this post are brilliant. My hope is to be armored with the truth, with transformations only coming from the refinement of my heart through Christ. Even if “transformation” looks like a little blue Geo Metro. :)

  4. Great post and such truth!
    It made me reflect on how in the past I would pray for God to “change” me . . . what I didn’t understand at that time was “change” is only temporary. Transformation is the complete conversion – emphasis on the word “complete” – and that can only happen to me when I listen to the Spirit’s urgings and allow Him to press on my heart.

  5. Ha Ha, just wow, I LOVE the analogy!!! I can write 1500 to 2000 words to try and make a point, you are definitely a spiritual blog master! God bless :-)

  6. Blu

    This is truly an awesome post and a great way to describe the Christian purpose. Also, every Christian youth should read this.

    Thank you and God bless!

  7. I love your connections between pop culture and the big picture. Well done, again!

  8. I love your style of writing and I think this a wonderful offering! Thanks! Harolene

  9. “We are so busy imitating the things of this world that we neglect the power from our home in the heavens that we could be tapping into. It’s time to transform. ” Spot on. Holy Spirit, renew our minds…

  10. Great analogy! It is also like using the example of Jedis in the Star Wars movies. We need to empty ourselves from the fullness of this material world so that we can fill ourselves with Truth (The Force).

  11. I concur with Noel, great analogy! Love and peace to you, Janine

  12. Well said brother !!

    Blessings in Christ, bruce

  13. When I was watching the first Transformers, it struck me that Bumblebee was really a Guardian Angel, albeit a mechanical version w/out wings. :)

  14. This is quite possibly the only sensible thing I’ve heard that had the name “Transformers” in it! My grandson talks about nothing but, and drives me nuts! You’ve given me a fresh way to discuss them with him, for which I am DEEPLY grateful!

    Excellent lessons drawn from this story. :)

    \o/

  15. Am yet to watch the movie but the point is we must be sensitive to the things of the spirit to have fulfillment.

  16. Love this post! Superb! I read it to my husband because he LOVES the Transformers, especially Optimus Prime. Definitely sharing this one!

  17. YES!! We are Autobots!!! **If you have any posts about Voltron….PLEASE, PLEASE let me know!!!!** Thanks for your read!!

  18. I love your post! Thanks for the encouragement, and reminding me of God’s awesome transforming power.

  19. Oh, I love this..God transform me! What a creative way to look at this! Thanks.

  20. Thanks for not “neglecting that power on high”. Isn’t that where anything worth doing here comes from? Praise to the Creator for giving us His power…and thanks for letting Him create this encouraging blog through you! The song you included is a great follow-through of what you are saying! Don’t stop what you are doing–you inspire me :)

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