“We’ve talked a little bit about transformation,” Stan began, “but this morning I want to focus on something in a verse from the apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Rome that nails the subject of transformation.”
Continuing, he said, “Of course a person has to be converted before he or she can begin the process of being transformed, but too many people fail to go beyond the conversion stage of their commitment to Christ. There needs to be an ongoing realization that conversion is not transformation.”
“What did the apostle Paul have to say about this?” I asked.
“As Paul was able to do, he zeroed in big time and, in a single verse, the apostle laid out the how and why of transformation.”
“Give me the ‘how’ part,” I replied.
“In the first instance,” Stan said, “I am to not get sucked into the world’s view of what life is all about. Then I am to follow that ‘not’ part by changing my focus to what God has for me to be and to do. I am to have a totally new way of looking at everything.”
“And the ‘why’ part?”
“To prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.”
“Prove it where?” I asked.
“Everywhere!” Stan exclaimed. “My life is to make a difference in how the world sees God.”
“That seems pretty simple,” I said.
“Not so, my friend,” Stan replied. “Maybe simple to say, but the whole notion of being transformed is a life-long process on this side of eternity after being converted. It takes a life of commitment, and that is not always, maybe never, easy.”
“The world, the flesh, and the devil do not give up trying to derail me in my walk towards spiritual maturity through transformation, and I am not to give up either. My role is to keep on keeping on by continually surrendering to the Holy Spirit.”
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your provision of Christ and His finished work on the cross. Thank you for those who brought me to the truth so I could be converted from where I was to being assured of life eternally with you when my time here is finished. Thank you for the truth of your desire that I go from being converted to being transformed into the person you have for me to be, doing what you have for me to do, on this side of eternity. Please, Lord, forgive all of my failings in not pursuing the transformation you have for me. I need and ask for all of the help you can provide. Please lead and help me to follow you exactly as you want on the path of transformation towards spiritual maturity. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.