Transformational Living

Friday, August 2, 2013

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." - Romans 12:2a

We have a choice of two goals in life--we can either conform or be transformed. This verse uses conform in a negative sense. In the Greek it means to be fashioned like; having the same form as another; similar to. Conformity is merely a rearranging of the parts to change just the outward appearance without changing the nature of the person. This is attempting to change the heart by changing your behavior. This is change from the outside-in. The goal of conformity is to see how close you can get to God without actually changing. It focuses on a mere cosmetic change without changing the true nature or character.

Transformation is a completely different thing. In the Greek it means to change into a different form, resplendent with divine brightness. Unlike conformity, transformation is the process of changing the heart which then begins to change the actions and character of the individual. This is change from the inside-out. The goal of transformation is to see how far away from the world you can get and change not just your actions, but the very nature or character of who you are. Transformation is a change in the genetic makeup of the person. You don't become like something, you are transformed into something completely different.

God's goal for us is that we be transformed into the image of his son, Jesus. He is not content that we just mimic or copy his ways. God wants to change the spiritual DNA of who we are so that we are a new creation and the old us is gone away (2 Corinthians 5:17). This is transformational living.

What do you think about transformational living? Share your personal journey of transformation below.
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