Greetings and welcome to Grace Theological Seminary’s new blog. We will have several current students contributing and sharing their thoughts on life, ministry, theology, and whatever else they are experiencing.
As a recent grad (’07), and current Director of Seminary Admissions, I thought I’d take this first opportunity to share about our ‘Be Transformed’ theme.
It is more than just a theme, however. I saw God transform me during my time at GTS. I saw God work in and through my peers as well, molding them for His service.
When I think about the idea of transformation, a couple images come to mind. One image is a catepillar turning into a butterfly. Another is the potter shaping and molding a lump of clay into an intricately designed and useful piece of pottery. As I connect my seminary expierience with those images, it is the potter and clay image that contains the most similarities.
See, the kind of transformation you go through at Grace involves brokenness and dependance. As clay in HIs hands, we submit to His control, His guiding hand, and His sometimes difficult shaping. I caught a youtube clip a little while ago of a potter working clay on a wheel. In this video, the artist stopped and started over several times. It reminded me of those times God has to keep teaching me the same lesson over and over until I give Him my full and undivided attention and cooperation.
The key thought I want to leave you with is this: Transformation is often a painful struggle. While transformation sounds like some sort of great ideal we would all hope to acheive, even the catepillar has to fight and work his way out of the cocoon. But in the end, the struggle is worth it. To quote Jars of Clay, ‘the pain is worth the plunder’ . Because the plunder is a closer walk with Christ, an enhanced spiritual maturity, and a passion to serve the Lord wherever He desires.
– lee compson