Do not conform 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. (Romans 12:2)
When my son was young, he loved to play with Transformers. One of my favorites was a simple little Volkswagen car that, with a few simple twists and turns, transformed into a mighty robot. Now, when I hear this verse in Romans, I think of the ordinary cars and trucks that my son was able to morph into mighty warriors, because that’s exactly what God is doing to us. Through His Word and by His Spirit, God is transforming you and I, just plain, ordinary people, into extraordinary beings. Equipped and anointed, we can be in the world, but not conformed to it. Through the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we can live abundantly and supernaturally in this fallen world.
Now all we must do is believe that this type of lifestyle is possible and begin living it. Sadly, some of us are still being influenced by worldly thinking, so our understanding of this transformation is taking a lot longer. But once we understand the immense size, ability, disposition and resources of our Heavenly Father through His Word, trusting Him with everything we have becomes easier! Life becomes an adventure in faith, rather than a grueling day by day challenge. We begin to walk in love, faith, hope, joy, contentment, power, grace and forgiveness, as we rely on His ability and not our own. Our transformation is much like that of the butterfly: we go from an ugly caterpillar to a beautiful, graceful, useful vessel for Christ.
His great love for us is that we live victoriously in this world. He desires to set us free from doubt, fear, unforgiveness, envy and resentment, and release us into hope and faith. Like any good Dad, He wants His kids to prosper and be in good health. His also looks for us to shine His Light into a dying world. If we are bound up with worldly issues and problems, we will not know God’s good, pleasing and perfect will. So, He blesses us so that we can bless His Kingdom! Pretty good deal, huh?
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on Transformed Christ Followers Impact Their World for Christ on February 2nd, 2019 - Watch Sermon