Real transformation comes from serviceI once believed in magic carpets. However, as I matured, I quit believing until I saw a carpet actually transform people before my very eyes.
By: Pastor Mark, Superior Telegram
I once believed in magic carpets. However, as I matured, I quit believing until I saw a carpet actually transform people before my very eyes.
I was boarding a plane when I noticed the first people were invited to walk across a small mat inscribed with the word “elite.” We later boarders were refused this experience. Although I did not witness any change at the mat, the transformation was obvious once I entered the plane. Those who had walked over the “elite” carpet sat in the very front enjoying larger seats, special meals and drinks. The rest of us had to make do in the back of the plane.
Elite treatment is extended to those who have been elevated above the common. In the military, “rank has its privilege.” Government officials enjoy preferred status as do the wealthy and famous. In each case there is something that declares them exceptional above the common masses.
The cross of Jesus Christ transforms people, but not like airline carpets. It does not raise the common to the sublime; rather it reduces the sublime to the common. Equality, not sublimity is its magical work. Then it shares a peculiar message. Those who wish to become elite must first become servants. Those who want to be first must be last.
If my plane had been based on Christian values, the “elite” would have boarded last, given up their seats to the least and served the rest. These are the marks of real transformation.
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.