I wrote the following as a comment on Mike Russell’s Eternal Perspectives
That is the nature of discipleship, being changed, changed from the old man into the new man. We will be radically different, yet recognizable. Stripped of our dross, the shining currents, only hinted at before yet were what made up the essence of what was seen of us, will then shine brightly, unhindered by any concealing impurities. We too will go from gray to white, dressed in pure righteousness, washed by the blood of the Lamb. We will be recognized for who we are, yet we will be different, as different as gray is from brilliant white.
Yes, discipleship changes you. If you are not being changed then I suggest you question yourself about your commitment to being discipled. As Paul suggested to the Corinthians:
Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? –unless indeed you fail to meet the test! 2 Corinthians 13:5
While I don’t question Christ being in you I would suggest that you examine yourselves and see if you are being changed into the new creation and if you are not, why not?