Last night, I took some of my grandchildren to watch the sixth installment of the “Transformers” movie series entitled “Bumblebee.” If you have watched any of the previous films, you already know the plot: A human finds a car that has the ability to morph or transform itself into a fighting robot of gigantic proportions. The rest of the movie is a series of battles between the “Autobots” (good robots) and the “Decepticons” (evil robots).
The only lesson I learned from this CGI production was the name itself. I have already forgotten most of the “plot” of the movie, but the name “Transformers” have stuck with me. Yes, it might be cool (and really scary) to have a Transformer car, but we already have something much, much better.
The Bible teaches that Christians have been transformed by the power of God.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
Our transformation began at the moment of our repentance from our sins and conversion to Christ. In Him we are born again (John 3:3) to a new kind of life. Real life, abundant life (John 10:10) and eternal life begins with Christ.
The believer’s transformation is also an ongoing process that continues throughout our lives and ends in heaven, when we will undergo our final transformation. This process is known as sanctification, which is our growth in holiness in Christ.
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
There is only one TRANSFORMER in the entire universe and his name is Jesus Christ. We have been saved and transformed by Him and now He uses us as agents and messengers of his life-saving, life-transforming gospel.
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God” (2 Corinthians 5:20).