What is it about the word transform that is so intriguing? Even when I was young, I felt that a new dress was my way of transforming myself. Add a pair of shoes and I felt I was changed. Later I felt the need to change the position of the furniture in my room environment. Then came the need of learning to do something. Always, it was a need to transform what is, to what it could be. Somehow, new Easter clothes and shoes was satisfying for a time, especially at the Spring season when earth was transformed into brilliant colors of delight.
The outward physical appearance has to maintain its continual renewal, being transformed. Then I read this verse…Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind….
Is this just education? Is this learning more and more, this renewal of your mind? That would be easy to just continue going to school, right? Wait. Do not be conformed to the world – test what the will of God is, which is good, acceptable and perfect.
That sounds as if I should control my body…to do some things and not do others. But everyone knows I lose my temper, it is normal. And I just need some chemical help to get me through some irritating happening. Especially when others do such stupid things that I can’t stand. It is impossible to refrain from some things.
Now I will read all of Romans 12:1-3.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. Romans 12:1-3
I cannot do this transforming by simply renewing my mind. I will have to change my whole life. Right, even when I know this is what I need, I am overwhelmed. Nothing is going right in my life. I know I need to change but how? First of all, get rid of the “I’s”. It is God that transforms through Jesus Christ.
Practice Gratitude. Be thankful. This begins transformation. Recognize the Grace of Jesus. Recognize and know – heart-deep – what Love is. The Grace Basics: God created us and our World. He loves us with a steadfastness so great that He sent his One and Only Son Jesus into our world to live here and die for our sins. Jesus conquered death and rose again. Why? That we might live with Him, and be saved from a sin-filled world.
How important is God’s love? So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13. Love makes the world go around (lyrics). Love makes us free from the fetters of sin and hatred. Love creates life and a future, where there was none. Love creates Grace – and the forgiveness of our sins as we forgive others.
Just as God loves us, we can love others, a huge helping of non-judgmental love, covered with forgiveness and a promise of joy and peace. Love is a delightful feast for living everyday. Love goes around, giving hope in this life and for the next life with Jesus.
As we tiptoe into the unknown territory of 2015, let’s allow God to transform us into a ‘child of light’. We long to follow the easy 10 step method of transformation. The magazine and books proliferate with 10 easy steps to change parts of our lives. However, this change is from the inside-out from our very soul. This is of the spirit. One dose of gratitude is just a beginning and needs to be repeated often. For every critical judgment, there needs to be a blessing. You will be surprised at how often a blessing goes unheeded. It is because our recognition of God working in our lives at times can be painful. We simply want to blame someone, never ourselves.
Now, look around. See something not to your liking? What is the blessing of that one thing. It is a beginning, to recognize a blessing. God’s blessings abound. Surround yourself with God’s people. This transformation happens together with others who love Jesus. Whisper the name Jesus, and hear the voices of Heaven praise Him. The name of Jesus is precious because of Who He is. He loves us. He died for us. He will take us home to Heaven. He knows the number of hairs on our head. He was there when earth was created. He and His Father God and the Holy Spirit are with us.
The name of Jesus….is so sweet. Think of how God named the stars. That is love. Not just a bunch of stars twinkling on cue – those are God’s creation. He cares. It is the same for everyone who has ever been born. We are given a name and that name is precious to God, for He made each of us. With every birth, God rejoices. With every re-birth by baptism into Jesus Christ our Savior, the angels fill the heavens with rejoicing.
On the eve of the New Year, prepare yourself to be transformed…from the Inside-Out!
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:12-13
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself. Philippians 3:20-21
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. II Corinthians 3:17-18