Posted by: Heather | March 2, 2010

Be ye transformed!

What do you struggle with?  We all have issues in our lives that we face daily that attempt to hold us back in some way.  Maybe it’s a bad attitude we can’t seem to overcome.  Maybe it’s an addiction that has worked its way into our lives, and we haven’t been able to be victorious over it.  In my own life, I’ve struggled to have victory over food, and overeating.  The Lord is teaching and helping me daily, as I allow him.  We don’t like to think of that as an addiction, but it is one that many Christians struggle with.   All of our fleshly struggles require a transformation from old ways of thinking to find true victory.

In an earlier message, I wrote about resolution vs. transformation, and why we should choose to be transformed instead of simply resolving to do something.   If you’d like to go back and read parts 1 and 2, you may find them here:

Part 1:  Resolution or Transformation?

Part 2:  Conformed to this world?

Scripture instructs us not to conform, but to be transformed.

If we begin to recognize that our mindset is beginning to be conformed to the world’s way of doing things, then we have taken the first step to solving the problem:  identifying it.  The second part of Romans 12:2 gives us the key to permanent change:

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

Transformation is key to overcoming any problem area in our lives.  How can we be transformed?  By allowing God to renew our minds!  We are transformed from the inside out.  You’ve often heard it said:  “If you do the same thing the same way, expect to get the same results.”  It’s so true.  Our tendency is to try to change ourselves from the outside in.   But, according to the scripture, we’re doing it backwards.

Let’s look a little closer at the word “transformed”.  The Greek word for ‘transformed’ is ‘metamorphoo’, which means to change into another form, to transfigure.

It’s easy to see that the Greek “metamorphoo” is the root of the word that we call “metamorphosis” in English.  This passage of scripture shows us that the way to a true change is by going through a metamorphosis.  The best example of a metamorphosis is that of a caterpillar to a butterfly.  A caterpillar is not the most beautiful of creatures. In fact, many of us would probably call them ugly.  But when it goes into that cocoon, changes take place that only the Lord can see.  Then when it emerges from the cocoon, everything about it is changed into something that’s beautiful to look at.   The metamorphosis cannot be seen by human eyes, but the result of that transformation is enjoyed by all.  It’s the same with us.  People may look at you for a little while and think that nothing has changed.  But, the outside person soon reflects the transformation that has been going on inside.

The root word for “transformed” is “to form”.   The Greek lexicon describes “to form” this way:  “to be formed literally, until a mind and life in complete harmony with the mind and life of Christ shall have been formed in you”.  Isn’t that beautiful?  Rather than being conformed to a continually changing and chaotic world, we can be transformed by a never-changing God.  We can have a mind and life that is in harmony with Him when we choose to be transformed into His image.  Only  God himself can make that kind of lasting change in us.

To form something takes active participation.  The caterpillar is actively participating in its transformation, although the Lord is truly doing the work.  So, there is active participation on the part of both the one doing the forming, and the thing (or person) being formed.

The journey toward real change in our lives is waiting, but we must choose.  Are you ready to make the change?  Let us allow the word of God to begin penetrating into our hearts today, to begin that inward metamorphosis.   Then we can eventually see true victory over those areas we’ve struggled with!

Be blessed today!

Heather

Artwork (at top of post) by John Bell copyright 1998-2007 (www.jrbell.com) – used with permission

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Responses

  1. This is excellent article, you can write too teacher! So the caterpillar is changing but we can’t see it the beauty that is going on inside until it becomes outward beauty. I’m thinking about mind renewal and how that same process occurs, but what about an issue like a weight problem. Since we must replace bad seed with Christ’s seed when we become saved it eventually weeds out the bad seed. So how can we apply this same principle with changing our eating habits that show a manifestation on the outside? I’m going to stretch your mind now, cause I want to eat better and lose weight too, but more importantly I’m older and have my mind more on health. So we know that self will does not work for real change but the seed – harvest principle does work. Think about this and write us an article on it!

    • Thanks, Donna. 🙂 I’ll be thinking on that and will write it as the Lord leads. There’s so much more to be written. I’ve got so much running through my brain and not enough time to write it all! I need one day a week to just study and write…all day, no interruptions. Might see if I can work that out! LOL


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