Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

Rebecca and I had a strange experience the year the tornado came through Richmond. The 2012 tornado roared through Richmond while she and I were in a theater. Other than a brief flickering of lights, there was no real alarm that there was anything wrong. It was not until exiting the theater that we realized there was something really wrong!

On the horizon, there were transformers blowing up all across the skyline. There was an obvious area of darkness to the southeast that told the pathway a tornado had taken. By that time, we were apprised of the situation and we were very much involved emotionally.

Those blowing transformers painted quite a picture across the sky. That is an obvious point at which there is great potential for something to happen. The transformer is the place where really high voltage is transformed into lower, useable voltage.

This paints a vivid picture of the transformation process of a Christian in response to Jesus. He is the high voltage. “In Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” (Colossians 2:9) Jesus was the full embodiment of the Godhead. He is the really high voltage!

The transformation process is taking that really high voltage and making it useable in daily life. The picture of His daily life in the gospels reveals His character and attitude as the living example of the transformation of the nature of God into the body of a human.

Christians look to His life to learn how the transformation process works. Adopt His character. Acquire His attitude. Or, as Paul said it, “Let this mind be in you which also was in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 2:5) This is the way to transform His high voltage into our useable voltage for daily living.