Spiritual Transformation

THURSDAY

NAU Romans 12:1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

NIV Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God– this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is– his good, pleasing and perfect will.

KJV Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 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.

 
Yesterday we learned that Paul commanded us NOT to be shaped by the ‘age’ in which we are living. We are to avoid be molded by the rebelliousness which surrounds us. This is the negative expression of how to live.

But Paul gives us a positive expression as well – instead of being conformed by the age, we are to be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our mind.  What does it mean to be transformed and how can that be accomplished?

Once again the Greek language is instructive. To be transformed (the Greek word metamorphao form which we get the word metamorphosis) literally means to be transfigured. This word is used to describe what Peter, James and John witnessed of Jesus Christ on the Mount of Transfiguration. At the transfiguration Jesus allowed His divine nature to demonstrate itself and He temporarily ceased showing His humanity.

We are to ‘transfigure’ ourselves as well, and while we cannot produce a spiritual body like Jesus did on the Mount, we can allow our actions to demonstrate the work of God in our lives. This involves renewing our minds – a process that must include DAILY exposure to and meditation upon God’s Word, the Bible! As we expose ourselves to God’s Word by reading it and meditating upon it, God’s Spirit does His work in transforming our way of thinking, modifying our desires (from selfish ones to God glorifying ones) that will manifest themselves in our behavior. WARNING: the process is slow accomplished over time so be patient with change – God certainly is.

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