Some of you reading this blog are in recovery from an addiction.
Others of you reading are being transformed from an addiction.
So what’s the difference?
I’m going to lay it very plainly to you like this and I hope you don’t get offended: Unbelievers are in recovery. Believers in Christ are being transformed.
2 Corinthians 3:18 and Romans 8:29 tell us that God’s goal for us is to be transformed into the likeness and image of His Son, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. So, for Christians who believe in Christ for eternal life, they are being transformed into Jesus daily for the glory of God.
However, for unbelievers, they are simply recovering from an addiction and surviving. They are what they once were and are simply clean and sober.
But the goal for Christians is NOT just clean and sober. It’s “Be Transformed” into His image!
According to the Word, unbelievers are going nowhere good eternally. They are going to hell. They have nothing to look forward to so this life is all they have. They are recovering from a problem and in an improved condition though it is still a FATAL condition with no hope eternally.
Believers have hope. Hope to be transformed. Hope to have the power of Christ to say “no” to addiction and say “yes” to Christ.
So are you being transformed or are you simply in recovery?
-Mark (I am being transformed and it feels good!)