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May 30, 2011

Transformer and Transformed.

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Transformer and Transformed.
by Dick Hunt, Monday, May 30th, 2011.

Today is the 54th Anniversary of my Ordination as  a Deacon, which  followed my transformation from my previous life, first as a Cattle Rancher, then as a Radio Technician during the war and then to married life and a further ten years as a Rancher.  The Transformer is God, who longs to bring into His Kingdom of love and obedience all who learn to trust him and call him Lord from the heart and mind and with all our strength. He really has a plan for us all and we are the happiest of all people when we ask him to reveal his plan for us, and then to respond to Him in trust.

There is another type of transformer which many people use every day.  I learned about that in the R.C.A.F. in the course of my studies. That is the one with a multitude of uses; to transform electrical current from alternating  to direct current  and from direct current to alternating; and from high voltage to low or low voltage to high for a huge variety of applications.  In our western world we cannot begin to imagine what we would do without electrical current, unless one is up in  years  as I am.

But God uses a much different way to transform us and through us the society in which we live.  We can decide to be His C0-transformers if we will and that life will be better than anything we can devise on our own.  Most people will likely be left to serve in their present occupation, but will be happier in knowing they are in the will of God. Others, as my own, will be asked to shift to a new occupation, a vocation and calling to Minister in any number of different ways of service. I have been thinking deeply of some of the ways people have learned to trust God to lead them into lives of specific ways of working with people, trusting God for His direction and for the resources, understanding and gifts, as needed to serve Him.  God loves people through His people and uses them to bring others willingly into obedient service, and joy in doing so.
In my tender years I was impressed by my Mother and her loving care for our Dad and for each of us. She shared the Gospel with us in so many ways. I was impressed with a number 0f Uncles and Aunts and one Grandfather who was a deeply Christian man.  The rest of my Grandparents died before I was born. And I was moulded by my Father who was a very stern but moral parent who taught me to finish my tasks and do my best in the midst of the family. He gave praise where it was  earned and correction where it was needed.  And on his death bed he revealed to us   from the depth of his soul that he saw heaven opened and the Lord beckoning him to enter, which he described to us in glowing terms.  We were so deeply grateful to God for that revelation.

We were blessed in having deeply committed Ministers in my young years, who taught us faithfully the Christian Way in Christ. I was very impressed with a Lay Reader called Mr. Yorke who ministered in our far flung rural parishes to help our Ministers.  Our Sunday School teachers did their best to be God’s  instruments in teaching the Faith.  We had summer visits from “Vanners”, two ladies travelling the rural roads in an early version of a “Camper Van”, to bring their expertise in ministering to chldren and adults alike the “Faith once delivered to the Saints”. We had visits from “Deaconesses” who worked for a mere pittance to bring us the Good News.  In some Dioceses there were “Bishop’s Messengers” and I know one in a Church where I worship who served  as one of them.

Did we consider them as people who interfered with our lives, our freedoms, our way of life.  Not at all.  We welcomed them and so we learned from them.  They helped greatly to aid us  in building happy Christian lives which enabled us to be able to fend off “all the fiery darts of the evil one”,  (meaning the devil, of course). Ephesians, 6:16. Such was our happy lifestyle,  which for most people is so different than today.
It is not that God has changed.  His way of revealing himself to us is still the same as in the beginning. He still reaches out principally and most directly through Jesus, His only Son, who was born to make the Father known, to take away the stain of sin and the fear of death and to Transform us from what we are to what He knows we can become.  The Bible says that “Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life and that no-one comes to the Father except through Him.”  John 14:6, echoed in many other places in Scripture. This truth is proven every time someone turns from disobedience to penitence and  in Faith turns to Jesus for forgiveness and Eternal Life.  There is no way to avoid that process if we want to enter into God’s Kingdom.  “All other ways are sinking sand” and there is no using sand bags to change God’s rules.

Many people deal in negatives.  A few are; All religions are equally true.  I don’t want to lose my freedom.  I don’t want to lose my friends.  I don’t want to lose my fun. What about the evil Crusades?  What about the divisions between the Churches.  Let me say that if you are looking for the perfect Church, there isn’t one because it is made up of people like you and me and we are far from perfect. Even if you did find the perfect Church and join it, you would make it imperfect and spoil it.  The Church is not a museum for saints but a school for sinners.  We are all works in progress.

I have known some very saintly people on my journey through life but never one who thought they were perfect.  In very truth, the nearer we come to Jesus in our relationship, the more we come to realize our sinfulness.  One of my dear friends, now deceased, shared with me often that his friends were far too generous in their praise for him and that he was not nearly as good as they thought. I used to say, “Ralph, the nearer you come to Jesus the more you realize your faults. Carry on, you are getting nearer and nearer to the Father through Jesus the Son , our Saviour.

1 Comment »

  1. Mr. Hunt,

    I came across your blog while searching for your son Tim. I am an intern at the Canadian Paralympic Committee in charge of searching for athletes that have competed at past paralympic games for a Paralympic Alumni and Recognition program. If you think Tim would be interested can you forward my e-mail or contact myself at mread@paralympic.ca. Or as well you can look at the website: http://www.paralympic.ca/en/Programs/Alumni-Program.html

    Thank you.

    Michael Read, Alumni Intern, Canadian Paralympic Committee

    Comment by M. Read — June 7, 2011 @ 5:59 am

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