Insight from a Children's Pastor & Awana Commander

The Biggest Loser

I am sitting here watching the Biggest Loser finale and of course, it has me thinking.

Some things I don’t like is the blatant commercialism that is embedded all throughout the show. Another is the “game play” that takes place at different times throughout the show, but then, the game play is a major component of the show. But even though there are lessons in both of those aspects, I don’t want to focus on them at this time.

I want to focus on the transformation that takes place. Romans 12:2 reads, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.(NKJV)

We can see the physical change that takes place, the outward sign. That outward sign is a result of an inner change. A renewing of their mind. As you watch the show, there is a struggle and then there is a break-through where they begin that true transformation.

In our lives, we struggle until we see Jesus, then we have that break through when we believe and trust in what Jesus did for us. Our lives are transformed and if there is a true transformation, then people will see it in us, and also in our outward appearance. No, I’m not talking weight (I need to lose a few pounds myself), but rather in the way people see us, our behavior, how we treat others, etc.

Do people see that transformation in your life?

They should, because “…, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) When we come to know Jesus, there is a change and people should see it. And why do they see a change? Because we should be the “Biggest Loser” as we see in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” As we lose our old sinful self and allow more of God to be in us, people will see the transformation. But for us it is not a game, it is not a contest. It is an individual journey that we want to bring others along on. This season’s theme on the Biggest Loser was “pay it forward”. What better way to pay it forward than to share our transformation with the next generation so they will come to know Him and experience that transformation themselves.

What change (transformation) has taken place in your life? Share a 30-second testimony that you can share with others about how God has transformed your life.

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