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Recovery vs. Transformation? Which do you want?


I heard someone say, “I just want to go back to the days when I was 5 years old and didn’t have this abuse happen to me. I want to go back to those days before I became an addict. I want to be a better me.”

I understand that sentiment. I really do. But here’s the real deal: God doesn’t want you to return back to when you were 5 years old. He wants greater than that for you because He wants you to become LIKE His Son, Jesus! Imagine that!

Jesus was perfectly just, loving, truthful, and gracious (see John 1:14). You can be, too, by the power of the Holy Spirit that dwells within you (2 Tim. 1:14).

So, to my understanding, a recovery is a good thing. It’s just temporarily focused. A transformation, on the other hand, is a great thing. It’s eternally focused with power for good in this life and in the life to come forever!

Transformation is our goal for counselees because it’s God’s goal. He wants us to “be transformed” by the power of His might.

-Mark (I want to be made new, made like Christ, so I can be someone who glorifies the King of Kings)

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