In The Warrior Class, we assess our growth at each level with Evidences of Transformation, not comprehension quizzes or proof of completion. But I’ve also found that Evidences of Transformation are a powerful tool for perspective on my past year and seeing God’s path for the coming one. Like cleaning out a cluttered closet, considering this process helps sort out old mindsets that no longer fit who I’ve become and provide provision and momentum for the year ahead.
It is important to remember that “transformation” is not the same as behavioral change through resolve. It occurs through the relational process of “beholding and becoming,” the topic of one of Graham Cooke’s most powerful journals in the Being with God series. Our thinking, language and actions become more like God as we clearly behold who He really is — through worship, rejoicing and meditation; through Scripture, study and personal encounters with the Living Word.
“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
So instead of “New Year’s Resolutions” that put the weight on us to perform, consider spending some time in thanksgiving, worship and meditation on your Scriptures of promise to elevate your perspective and see this past year as He does. Then engage the ever-gracious Holy Spirit in unwrapping the treasures of 2014 and what provision they hold for the next year ahead. Ask Him….
What did I see in the past 12 months about the true nature of God that was more real to me than ever before?
Where did I encounter that? (Every Evidence of Transformation has a story!)
Did I explore this as much as I could or wanted to?
Did I gain both an understanding of this truth and have a personal encounter with God in it?
What other treasures may have been here in Scripture, personal experience or growing into this truth that I want to pursue further in 2015?
How has this truth transformed:
My thoughts and mindsets?
“Before I used to think _________ when I encountered that situation.
But this year, my thoughts became more __________________.”
“Instead of speaking negatively, I now find myself more likely to speak with _________ (grace? hope? kindness? joy?….).
“At the beginning of last year, I was much more likely to react to challenges or obstacles by __________. But now, I find that I’m responding with more _____ (peace? intentionality? focus? passion? grace?).
And for EACH of these, think of a specific occasion, a story from your journey that you can point to that says, “I thought, or spoke, or acted more like Christ in that situation than I would have before.” When the Accuser wants to condemn you, your stories are your evidence that you’re embracing the joy and grace of the journey, not just the perfect outcome as proof of transformation. You’re willing to trust the “Author and Finisher” of your faith (Hebrews 12:2).
Who do you want to become (or become more of) in 2015?
Write a character description of the person you desire to be in Christ at the end of next year.
What type of development and process will it take to become that?
What will you need to see about the nature of God that you haven’t seen before?
How will your personal worship need to grow — and in what specific ways?
If you have a lot of areas of growth, what are God’s priorities for your development?
(Don’t try to pursue them all. Just find what God wants to focus on first.)
Then view the coming year as an adventure for which God has every provision ahead of you. Life becomes about discovering who He will be for you now and rejoicing in who you will become in Christ because of it.
Assessing our lives through Evidences of Transformation is encouraging, loving and light. Resolutions can be a heavy yoke of performance. Embrace the joy of intentionally entering the New Year with a new lens of transformation through “beholding and becoming” with a God who adores you.