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)

transformers

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.

15 thoughts on “Transformers (7/29/13)

  1. 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.

  2. 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. :)

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. “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…

  6. 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).

  7. 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/

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s