This world has amazing transformations around us constantly. We see caterpillars change into butterflies. We see tadpoles change into frogs. We see leave change color. We see our children grow from babies into adults. When we see these changes many times we don’t even give them a second glance. We are so accustomed to seeing these changes. Change is a good thing. We, however, do see change when a person obeys the Gospel. Notice how Paul was inspired by God to write these things: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”. (Romans 12:2) The transformation, according to God is seen in the way we think which results in a change of behavior. Let’s spend a few moments with this idea.
First, do not be conformed to this world. To conform means to be just like the world. We, as the church, are set apart- sanctified. We are to be different from the world so much so that we are noticed to be different. It’s a lifestyle change. In verse one, Paul would write that having God in His proper place makes me a slave. In that slavery, I am to offer my life as a sacrifice. That is my only logical service. It follows a logical pattern to a logical conclusion.
Secondly, you are to be transformed. As a child of God’s, we are required to change. That is to say, we cannot live as we once did. The change starts in our minds. Folks generally suffer from “stinking thinking”. We often fixate on what is wrong, how that affects me or what I can gain. When I transform, I think on the Kingdom. I think about the Lord. I think about how to serve, which is the basis of the Christian life. When the transformation takes place, that transformation proves something.
What does it prove? It proves that God can save every man that will come unto Him. It proves that our love for God can and should be greater than our selfishness. It proves the salvation is free to all.
Are you transformed?