“Be transformed”

Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Interesting how a caterpillar can be transformed into a beautiful butterfly.  According to our verse, we too can be transformed.  We do not need to let the world conform us to it.  God tells us how to be transformed.  By the renewing of your mind.  Thinking differently.  So what do we think about?  Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”  Ever wonder how many different thoughts come to our minds throughout one day.  What kind of thoughts?  What does our minds dwell on?

It has been said, “You are what you eat”.  Are we what we think?  What do we dwell on in our minds?  Hopefully, it is not anger, gossip, jealousy, fornication, condemnation, self-pity and the like.  So, if we are going to be transformed into what God wants us to be, we need to change our thinking.  By renewing our minds, we will show forth that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.  Others will see and know.

The first verse of Romans 12 beseeches us to present our bodies (ourselves) as a living sacrifice to God.  This is just our reasonable service.  It makes sense to do this. That’s step one.  Step two is to be transformed by the changing (renewing) of our thinking.

The caterpillar is completely changed by going into a cocoon and emerging a butterfly.  We too will be changed when we accept Jesus as our Savior, yield ourselves to Him and allow Him to transform us into a beautiful person for Jesus that will draw others to Him.

What are we thinking?