All across the world this past Sunday we gathered around televisions to watch the Denver Broncos defeat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. During the game we were inundated with an overabundance of commercials. While some were better than others, these advertisements have become highly anticipated and for some people they are more of a draw than the game itself. It always amazes me how much companies are willing to spend to get their product in front of the Super Bowl audience. This year a thirty second commercial reportedly cost around five million dollars.
Within the confines of their thirty second allotment companies will employ a host of marketing strategies making every effort to convince us that their product will radically improve our lives. Whether they appeal to sentiment or humor, whether they are selling cars or potato chips their goal is to convince us that their product will transform our lives for the better.
How do we know if what they claim will really benefit our lives for the better? How do we know we aren’t falling for a clever marketing gimmick?
There is one decision we can make that will guarantee our lives will be transformed for the better. When we make the decision to follow Christ and live our lives for him we are promised that we will have life and have it to the fullest (John 10:10). The Apostle Paul says that as we follow Jesus we are “transformed by the renewing of our minds…” (Romans 12:2).
How do we know that the transformation God promises is actually possible?
There are countless people throughout history who have made the decision to walk with Jesus. They can testify to the fact that God transformed their lives. We can look to the difference God has made in their lives and be confident that he will be faithful in ours.
This past Sunday we began a new sermon series for the month of February looking at transformation stories from God’s Word. We began our sermon series with the Apostle Paul and saw that before he encountered Jesus he was on a mission to destroy the church. He was arresting and executing followers of Jesus. He later called himself a “blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent” (1 Timothy 1:13). But Paul confidently told of his transformation when he wrote “the saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life” (1 Timothy 1:15-16 ESV).
If God can transform Paul’s life and use him to reach so many people with the love and grace of Jesus, what can he do in our lives, who can he reach through us?