Transformation The Servant’s Heart-A Life of Faith did not start out with a book in mind. My wife Jan and I have belonged to a church cell group for many years. We take turns hosting and leading in a lesson, the subject of which varies. On one occasion, when it was my turn I chose the topic of anxiety as it affects the Christian life. The Bible is specific about the need to leave anxiety and worry out of the Christian perspective. I experienced anxiety on many occasions and I observed it in others. I learned that being anxious is related to trust in God, which in turn affects our faith. At a later date I was asked to fill in for the pastor in his absence. My sermon topic was anxiety, based on the notes I had from the cell lesson. A few days later I received an email from the associate pastor, who thanked me for the affect my message had on his problems with worry. I was dumbfounded since he is also a licensed professional counselor. I felt God had His hand in it for some reason. Later I had heard excerpts from a radio lesson on Romans as I drove around in my car. It was interesting to me and I decided to write about the issue of love in Romans 12:9, 10. Somewhere in that process the thought of writing a book came to me, and I decided that a third subject would make it more complete. I became intrigued with Philippians 2:5, which presents the need for Christians to have the mind of Christ. The idea of thinking like Christ raised me to a higher level of thought concerning the Christian life. Then a strange thing happened. I got on the computer to review the anxiety article. I wasn’t there. I searched the filing cabinet and it wasn’t there either. Many months before, I had given a copy of the anxiety text to two people to read and critique. Unbelievably, neither of them had kept the copy. I was discouraged, even anxious. In desperation I looked through the files again and found the original notes for the cell lesson. I took that God’s approval that I continue. It turned out to be a blessing, since I was able to improve the context.
The motivation underlying Transformation is that the Christian life is expected to be unique. Becoming a genuine believer guarantees a change style due to the immediate indwelling of the Holy Spirit in them. We are never forced to live the life Christ, but we have an legitimate obligation because of the payment of Christ on the cross for our sin. There are many reasons we don’t live up to God’s standard, and Transformation brings to light three of the hindrances of living for Him and not the world.