Posted by: Heather | March 10, 2010

Why be Transformed?

If you’re new to the blog, and haven’t read the previous posts on transformation, you can find them here:  Renewing Our Minds in Christ.  This will be the final post in the series on transformation.    I thank you for sticking with me through it.

I’ve spent several lessons thoroughly examining Romans 12:2, which teaches us how to experience transformation in our lives.  This can apply to any area we struggle with…health, emotional or spiritual distress, attitudes, and even habits.  It’s not an easy task, and one that requires dying to the flesh and our desires to please God.     When I think of areas in my life that need change, I can think of several.  As long as we live in a fleshly body, there’s always an area that needs transformation!

If you’re saying to yourself that all of this really seems like a lot of effort, think about all of the effort you’ve expended in the past on things that didn’t work.  There are many outward changes we can try to make.  However, when we try to do these things without initiating a true heart change as well, we’re only putting a band-aid on the problem.  We’ve all had the experiences of being disappointed because something we were trying didn’t work.  But, the reason it didn’t work was because the root problem was still there.  We were treating the symptoms without addressing the real issue:  the need for a change in our hearts.

So, we know the need for a change in our thinking, which brings about a change in our hearts.  But, what good does all of this do for us?  What is the result when we begin to make these changes?  We find it in the last portion of the scripture.

Romans 12:2  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.

We’ve run around from side to side trying ‘this’ and trying ‘that’ for years, in an attempt to figure out the right thing to do.  Will this work?  Will I have to try anything else?  I’ve tried so many things, but will this be the answer to my problem?  But as we saw back in the first lesson, the will of God in our lives is that straight, peaceful path that leads us to His ultimate plan for our lives.  It’s not always an easy path to walk, because there are obstacles and battles to fight, but we know that it’s there somewhere:  the right way.   Jeremiah 6:16 calls it “the good way”, a place of rest for our souls.  Wouldn’t it be great to know if we’re making the right decisions in areas of our lives we need direction in?

The remainder of Romans 12:2 tells us what happens when we clear all of the old ideas out, begin to put new ones in, and see changes take place in our hearts.  We can then “prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God”.   We no longer have to wonder what the right thing is, because we will know when we’re walking the right path!

To prove means to test, examine, prove, or scrutinize (to see whether a thing is genuine or not), as in metals.  It’s also defined as recognizing something as genuine after examination, to approve, or deem worthy.

When our hearts become transformed, then we are able to examine things, and find out whether they are truly of God or not.  Sometimes, we tend to think that some parts of our lives aren’t really that important to pray about.   I know I used to think that unless something was a ‘spiritual issue’, I didn’t really need to pray about it.  But, God cares so much about our lives, even the things we think don’t matter to Him.  He’ll lead us and guide us into the path He’d have us to walk when we’re striving to have our minds clear, and our hearts changed.

Often, when we have an area of struggle, it’s very difficult for us to have an objective view.  It’s overwhelming at times, and causes us to be confused and lack clarity.  But, when our minds are renewed daily by God’s word and relationship with Him, we can begin to experience more clarity of mind to make correct, Godly decisions.

Proving something takes some effort.  It requires our examination, prayer, and seeking the Lord about whether it’s right for us or not.  There may be things out there that are right for some people, but not for me.  The idea is to find what the “good, acceptable, and perfect” will of God is for me.  That is why the Lord may deal with one person to give up a certain thing, but another person may be able to do it.  God knows each of us individually, and the things we struggle with the most.  So, He knows that giving up certain things may benefit me, while something else would help you more.

When something is proven, like gold for example, it goes through an “acid” test to find out what it’s made of.  If you have a piece of jewelry, and you want to find out if it’s made of gold or not, you can put a drop of acid on it, and you’ll know quickly whether it’s genuine or not.  If it’s not made of real gold, whatever is on the surface will dissolve when acid touches it.  We also have a true acid test for the path our lives are taking.   When we need to put the “path” of our lives to the acid test, there is only one way to find out if we’re walking in the will of God:  studying His Word and daily communication with Him in prayer.  Only by that relationship will we be able to prove whether we’re walking in the perfect will of God for our lives.

So, whenever a new “solution” to your struggle comes along, and it becomes tempting to venture off of the narrow path, begin to pray and study the Word of God about it.  Through prayer and careful examination, you will be able to prove whether or not this is the will of God in your life.  Only true and genuine things that are pleasing to the Lord will stand up to that acid test.

I pray that as you meditate on this scripture and these lessons, that you’ll be provoked to study the Word of God and build a relationship with Him that will lead down the path of transformation.  It’s God’s will that we become more like Him.  He desires to bring us into a life of abundance greater than we’ve ever experienced!

I appreciate everyone that reads and/or responds to my blog.   I’m working on something else that I hope to share shortly.  I’m very grateful for all of your comments and encouragement!

Blessings,

Heather

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

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