Building a Culture of Radical Transformation
A few weeks ago one of my students brought her grandmother to our weekly revival group meeting. We had a time of testimonies, and as we felt God move we began to minister to each other in different pockets of the room. A few of our students gathered around our visitor, who had suffered with chronic pain for years. As they prayed over her, tears streamed down her face and all pain left her body. It was a beautiful moment, but what struck me later was this: as the leader, I had nothing to do with her breakthrough. My students had taken hold of the truth that they could be used by God to bring healing to another. The result was a woman’s life transformed on every level – physically, emotionally and spiritually. I realised that a culture of radical transformation is built when every person believes they are a contributor.
Creating a culture of transformation
We are used to a particular structure of church, and I personally love Sunday services. But I do sometimes wonder if in the midst of excellent preaching and anointed ministry teams, we forget that we ourselves have something powerful to bring. 1 Corinthians 14:26 says “When you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” The truth is, transformation can only become a culture if every person grabs hold of the truth of this verse. Otherwise we are all just spectators, dependent on a chosen few to bring the transformation we’re all anointed to bring.
An inner awareness that God is real
I watch my students arrive in September, often lacking in identity and desperate for freedom. There is no issue that hasn’t walked through our doors, and no issue that has been too big for God. Their transformation comes from one thing – an inner awareness that God is real. A knowing that goes beyond intellectual understanding and into the realm of relationship. But something particular happens as they’re activated in the supernatural (praying for others). As they hear God for another person, see him heal through their hands, or offer a timely word of encouragement, they come face to face with the reality of God’s love for others. They become unshakeable in the truth that they have access to God, and therefore are a solution for those around them. And this is the truth for every believer in every environment. As a leader, I love nothing more than seeing my students realise that it’s not me that brings the breakthrough, but rather my ability to facilitate them encountering God for themselves. Once they get this, they’re unstoppable as they know they can do the same for others.
What about you?
It is key that we cultivate authentic communities that believe that each person can access God for themselves, and as a result do the same for others. Lasting transformation is cultivated over time and walked out in real relationship with God and community. What is the culture you’re building with those around you? Do you recognise that you’re a solution for another?