Transformation vs Usefulness

The last Thursday of every month I’ve had the privilege of attending a leadership seminar. This past seminar Cookie Cawthon of NewSpring Church spoke on the difference between transformation and usefulness.

Her main point was that God will always desire to change us rather than to use us. She went on to say God will use ministry in order to change us rather than the services we can provide while in ministry. In other words, God is more concerned in who we are becoming than what we are doing. But what I really want to share with you in this post are the 5 truths of change that Cookie shared with us.

1) The Inevitability of a Wait
There is a whole lot of spiritual value in waiting. There is much less spiritual value when we get what we want when we want it. It’s not about what we do but it’s about the more we become like Jesus.

2) The Difficulty of Desperation
We can insulate ourselves so much that we separate ourselves from God.

3) The Vulnerability to Idolatry
Your call to ministry or burden for ministry can become an idol. God will use change in our lives in order to reveal idols in our lives.

4) The Necessity of Faith
God is going to call you to places that are going to require faith. When we do everything we can do, we need to believe that God will fill in the gaps.

5) The Responsibility of Discipleship
Jesus commands us all to go make disciples in Matthew 28:19.

After all that though, there is one trump card and that is the certainty of God’s faithfulness. In every season of change you can look back and see God’s hand throughout. He was faithful. He is faithful. He will be faithful.


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