STEP TWO: HEART-LEVEL CHANGE
1. A disciple is being changed by Christ.
“I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer 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.” (Romans 12:1-2)
I need to keep His mercy in view. I must allow Him to transform my mind – my thought processes, my emotional responses, my attitude – all of it – if I am going to align with His will.
2. Change comes through spending time with Jesus.
“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)
“Peter and John were not changed instantly into the courageous men who testified before the court. That encourages all of us. Jesus changes us (1) through a relationship and (2) over time. He uses many different things to bring about this change, but the key ingredient is being with Him. As we spend time with Him, Jesus makes us more and more like Him in our inner persons, our hearts, and our character.” – from Real-Life Discipleship
3. How do I connect with Him?
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me, and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)
Connection comes through studying His words and actions, then living those words and actions out in my life.
4. What will the end result be?
“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Ephesians 3:16-19)