Personal and cultural transformation is given momentum through us becoming personally fully persuaded about our identity in Christ. To see heart culture established we need to understand that culture shift must be rooted in IDENTITY not PERFORMANCE. Choosing to agree with God and the name He calls us by, believing His assessment is vital to us GROWING UP to be like our Father.
“That in seeing us and hearing us they meet the Father. That’s the great assignment. That’s the only real calling”. (Paul Manuring, LDP 1, Family 2016).
Inscription found on a tombstone of an 11th Century Anglican Bishop in Westminster Abbey.
When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the World, as I grew older and wiser and realised the world would not change, I shortened my sights and somewhat decided to change only my country, but it too seemed immoveable. As I grew into my twilight years, I settled on changing only my family and those closest to me, but alas they would have none of it. Now as I lay on my death bed, and I suddenly realise that if I’d only changed myself first, then by example perhaps could have changed my family, and from their inspiration and encouragement to me I would of been better able to help my country, and from there I may even have been able to change the world. Source, Bethel TV, Jason Vallotton, Sunday am October 16, 2016.
This bishop realised that in his younger years, he worked and did many things to bring transformation, but only to find out that what he was trying to give away in the beginning, should have started with him. Transformation and Reformation happens inside out. Healthy marriages, families and communities really starts with our heart culture, being loved by God, loving ourselves and then exporting what we have come to know and enjoy.