Be Bold Today

Something that has really been gnawing on me lately is the amount of people who claim Christianity, but don’t live it in their everyday life. I guess what we’ve failed to get across to the world is that along with the being a Christian comes a lifestyle change.

Transformation.

Christianity is about transformation… it’s about change.  I heard one man recently say, “Salvation without transformation will lead to condemnation.” Meaning, there’s more to Christianity than simply saying I believe in God. Christianity is about your journey to become Christ-like. You and I are called to be different from the world.

Let me put it this way: If you’re still the exact same person you were when you became a Christian … if there’s never been any transformation in your life … then that’s a HUGE sign that something’s not right spiritually.

Sadly there are many Christians that sit in churches for YEARS and never make one effort to change, to transform into the image of Christ. It’s been said, “Sitting in church doesn’t make you a Christian,” and I say “amen” to that, but let me add, neither does just saying you’re a Christian make you a Christian. Instead, it’s about giving your life to Christ and THEN becoming a disciple … someone who lives the life.

Jesus said, “You will know a tree by it’s fruit.” Meaning, you’ll know my followers by their lifestyle. They will be different.

“Be holy as I am holy,” God said in the book of Peter. God doesn’t call for us to be sinless or perfect, but set-apart. He calls us to be different than the world. He calls us to be bold and stand out.

So, did you notice it? There’s one word in this post that stands out because I put it in bold print. It’s the word “bold.” Now you see it? That’s what God wants you and I to be today… the “bold” in a world that’s not. He wants us to stand out.

Be bold today!

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. Greg England says:

    Great word puzzle, though it took me a minute to find “bold” in bold! You should do these “find-the-word” blogs more often. Great morning fun!!

    Seriously, that was a huge frustration of mine when I was preaching … to preach my heart out and see the same people, year after year, with the same rotten attitudes, never changing, always complaining. The up side of it was that it made me very intentional about making sure the Word was changing my heart. Not that I’ve “arrived” spiritually . . .

    Always appreciate your boldness for truth, Trey!

  2. Angie Cox says:

    Wow. So much I could say about transformation and I don’t even know where to begin. Maybe I could just say transformation happens from the inside out, not the outside in. People don’t transform people, God does, and sometimes the way he chooses to transform a person doesn’t fit the ideal we have created about how it should go down. It’s probably not appropriate to form an opinion about the “rightness” of another person’s transformation unless we’ve lived in their skin during the process.

    Sometimes the best way to experience a true spiritual transformation is by letting go. However, what we release in the process of transformation may not set well with the status quo, which can make for a bumpy ride.

    Transformation is terrifying, exhilarating, exhausting, amazing, and endless. Once it starts, it just keeps on rolling, yet that ride is pretty incredible, bumps and all.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Angie,

      I surely don’t want to be in charge of judging others. Don’t want that job. I understand that some people’s motives may be different than what they appear. I sure understand that. And the Spirit MUST be involved, but He won’t force you to transform into the image of Christ.

      But at the same time, some people’s fruit shows the kind of tree they are. For some, you don’t have to look to closely to see their lifestyle is far from what Christ called us to live.

      Two examples of people, from both sides of the spectrum, that will claim Christ but not his lifestyle:

      1) The person at church who’s been a Christian all their life, but is still as racist and unkind as any person I’ve ever met. In 30 years of sermons, Christianity and bible study they haven’t changed a bit. Something is spiritually off with this person.

      2) The person on Facebook (I know a few) that under “info” claims Christianity, but every other status update is about getting drunk or dropping the “f” bomb on someone. Somewhere they’ve missed the understanding of what Christianity is about … discipleship.

      Again, sure not trying to be judgmental on people. But actions speak louder than words, and when your actions look NOTHING like Christ’s, it doesn’t take much to see there’s been no transformation.

      Any of that make sense?

  3. Yes Lord, transform me! Thanks Bro’ for the encouragement!

    Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven upon Earth. – John Wesley

  4. Ricco says:

    Like that preacher said “church attendance won’t make you a christian anymore than you puttin cats in the oven and calling em biscuits” :) Think you can work that into sunday’s lesson?

  5. Debbie Fleming says:

    I think that was a very good topic to discuss I feel people who can relate to one another can empathize and share with an understanding heart. People sometimes can feel confortable in sharing their circumstances, and can be totally accepted without fear of rejection. We carry each other’s burdens but, if your accountability friend has done something wrong contrary to the bible, I think you are called to confront him it is like you said some people’s fruit shows the kind of tree they are and it is hard for some to be a bold christian unlike some that are the passive quiet types who are fearful of offending anyone. I think understanding the rightousness will strengthen you. It says in the bible to be strong in the lord by putting on the breastplate of the rightousness. Christians that don’t grow don’t understand what rightousness is and they the believer stay spiritual babies and I think the boldness of the believer is also manifested in our walk. Good topic Trey so enjoy your website.

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Thank you, Debbie :) Be bold.

    • Debbie Fleming says:

      As I was reading the postings something else came to my mind wanted to share. I think GOD has called us to be more than saved. He wants us to be saved and transformed.

      Romans 12:2 says
      “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind”

      I think transformation takes place as you consistently take small steps forward with GODS help.

  6. Amy O'Connor says:

    I completely agree with you Trey. I seek transformation daily. It’s been a struggle but it feels like it is getting easier for me. I am becoming less and less afraid to show my faith in the Lord. Thank you for the post… very inspirational!

    • Trey Morgan says:

      Amy, I’m seeking transformation daily too. Sometimes I’m doing well and other times I’m failing miserably. But I’ll keep trying and trying.

      Keep on keeping on showing that faith. Live it out loud. :)

  7. Marc Tindall says:

    Thanks Trey. I am amazed at the thought that you can call yourself a follower and not follow anything. Jesus promised us that being a transformed follower would be hard – not easy. He promised that non-followers would thing we are crazed. It baffels me that there are people that believe that sitting in the pew 3 hours a week is what they are called to do. I am blessed to be your brother!

  8. Sarah S. says:

    I’ll call myself out — I spout scripture on Facebook, I have scripture on my walls in my home, I am a hard worker for my church… but ESPECIALLY my online presence, I think, seems to lack the fruit of the spirit gentleness on occasion and not everything I do is “faith expressing itself through love” (Gal. 5:6). (thinking of the school carpool drop off line here… ugh). Yeah, we get in our rut and fail to live a transformed life, therefore fail to be a walking testimonial to the One who gives us life. Keep preachin’, preacher with the rockin’ hair. I need to hear it…

  9. Kandi says:

    Excellent! I agree 100%! Today, I needed urged to be bolder…thank you!

  10. Akinola Olusanya says:

    This is a truly timely message.
    I personally believe that we as children of the living God need to do more.
    We need to let our actions start speaking instead of our lips alone.
    We need to have deep convictions concerning the word of God as contained in the scriptures, in good times and bad times.
    We need to make decisive decisions to follow Christ all the way.
    More importantly, we need to go on to maturity.

    Akinola
    http://www.hopeagainsthope.org.uk

  11. tom says:

    – A PRAYER FROM JESUS –

    This prayer is from Jesus that we may hear from Him, that He may speak to our hearts. It only consist of three simple steps.

    1) We need to read one scripture. This will focus us in the word that brings everlasting life.

    2) Since this prayer is from Jesus we need to direct our prayer to Him personally. Too often Christian focuses they’re prayer’s to G_D the father. Scripture proclaims that Jesus should be the focus of our prayer.

    3) The simplest part of this Prayer is to ask Jesus one question. Please, all that is required for this question is that it should be simple. Let Jesus Himself finish the question when He gives you that understanding through this prayer.

    The PRAYER

    The scripture that is the focus of this prayer is “ACTS 2:38″. It’s not necessary to do any study into this scripture. Jesus Himself will bestow the understanding that will resonate in your heart. Just read Acts 2:38, keep it in your heart and take this one scripture to prayer

    The most important part of this prayer is that we need to direct our prayer directly to Jesus. If you normally would say Father in your prayer, change your focus from the Father to Christ Jesus, by lifting Jesus name up every time you would normally use Father in your prayer.

    Maybe the hardest part of this prayer is the question that we need to ask Jesus. For man as we are, always trying to understand the question instead of listening to the answer. The simplest question is all that is required.

    Simply ask Jesus ‘WHY’

    For those who are obedient
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