My son is obsessed with a show called Transformers. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, the concept is simple – robots transform into cars, dinosaurs and other things to solve a problem that they are incapable of solving in their former state.
What does this have to do with Christianity?
Christians are supposed to transform. Romans 12:2 commands us to do so.
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.
Romans 12:2 isn’t a recommendation to those who’ve decided to follow Yeshua; it’s a command. When Paul wrote to the Romans telling them to transform – he was adhering to the technical definition – to make a thorough or dramatic change in form, appearance, and character. The assumption is that the person you were in your pre-Christian life is old news – yesterday’s history. You are a new creation.
While the world focuses on other types of transformations – Christians should be focused on transforming to look more like Christ.
And many Christians do transform, at least they appear to do so, but like the robots, they often go back to their previous state. The transformation isn’t permanent. The transformation is superficial – it’s shallow – it’s for the purposes of appearances – it hasn’t taken place in the mind.
The scripture is clear. You cannot transform unless your mind is renewed. How do you renew your mind?
1. Pray often. Pray for help. Pray for strength. Pray to be like Yeshua.
2. Read the word – often – and aloud if possible. Scripture is cleansing – it’s renewing. It’s powerful.
3. Sit and wait on God… literally. As you wait, the transformative work is taking place. Maybe you’ll feel something, maybe not. Wait anyway.
Change your spiritual and emotional diet, and change your mind. I love the quote Let thy food be thy medicine. Yeshua called himself the great physician. Don’t allow anything into your ears and eyes that Yeshua wouldn’t recommend. Ask yourself the next time you listen to a song or watch a movie… Is this doctor recommended?
Once you’ve transformed, don’t change back. Purposely choose to remain a new creation – dramatically different – the former you a mere shadow eclipsed by light.
And once you are new, direction comes. You’ll come to understand God’s will. Once you transform, you’ll not only have a real purpose, but you’ll know your purpose too.