How To Be Transformed
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.… Romans 12:2
When Paul wrote to the Romans he said that those who embrace Jesus in their lives become transformed. Have you noticed how very few transformations in nature are instantaneous? The growth of a flower bud into fruit is a process that takes time. Even a caterpillar inside its cocoon turns to goop before it’s transformed.
Meeting Jesus is often a catalyst for transformation, but it’s rarely a one-stop-shop to a new you. Angel was born into a Christian family, and most of the people in his life were professed Christians. There was no other cultural option for him as he grew up. Proximity to Jesus and even acceptance of Him as a child didn’t bring transformation in his life. Many of us know Christians who do not seem transformed by the gospel one bit.
Paul says that transformation begins with surrender of our bodies to God. (Romans 12:1). If our minds are to be made new, we must accept that God’s ideas are what must rule our lives. You can’t be transformed by your own thoughts. Next, Paul says that as our minds are transformed, we “will be able to test and approve what God’s will is.” Wondering why you don’t feel transformed, or you can’t discern God’s will? As the caterpillar gives itself, we must offer all of ourselves— to God’s process. Angel knew the right steps to take, but it wasn’t until he surrendered his all to God that the renewing of his mind and true transformation began.
Resource reading: Romans 12:1-3