“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God” –Romans 12:2
Transformed, what an interesting topic…
Many of us often question why we encounter the same situations over and over again, why we experience the same hurts over and over again, why we enter into the same seasons over and over again. Truth is, when you encounter all of the above, you have NOT fully transformed. Because of this, your seasons become like a revolving door, swinging around and around and around again. Let us dissect the scripture denoted above.
The first portion of the text states “Do NOT be conformed to this world”… Let me stop there! James 4:4 states “You adulterers, don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God”. In other words, conforming (complying with rules, standards, or laws) to the world really separates you from God. You cannot LOOK like the world, be in agreement with, or operate in a worldly manner and expect kingdom like rewards. Let’s continue, another part of the text states BE transformed by the renewing of your mind. What does this look like? To me, your frame of thought changes and the decisions, openness, and behavior of one is no longer predicated off of mere emotions but are guided by the Holy Spirit. We all go through a change in life, evolve, mature in the decision making process. However, having a renewed mind means you’re completely made over, you do not think the same, you become fresh, strong and totally dependent upon God. Let me back pedal for a second. When I was in the world, but attended church when I felt like it and was moved ONLY when the music was good, yea back then. I would tithed out of fear instead of out of obedience. The “world” convinced me that all was required in order to be blessed was bringing your tithes and offerings to the storehouse. I was terrified that if I didn’t, I wouldn’t be blessed (monetarily). It is true that we have a biblical obligation to tithed, but we must also not go away from his ordinances (his decree’s- see Malachi 3). In addition, blessings come in ALL shapes and sizes and you bear the fruit of YOUR ground by being obedient. Another scripture put it this way “Don’t be misled-you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant” Galatians 6:7 . Understand this, God is not a bully, he do not want to scare you into a blessing. He want’s your heart and your obedience, willfully. Not forcefully. I know that was a bit unorthodox to bring up finances or tithing, but that is a situation that I conformed to in one season of my life.
I think this is a good time to define transformed. According to Merriam-Webster, transformed is defined as:
- A change in structure
- To change the outward form or appearance of
- To change in character or condition
Wow! That is deep. Not really, but really. You see, some of us want/expect NEW levels, NEW miracles, and NEW knowledge, with an OLD mind, OLD ways, and OLD customs. But truth is, when GOD truly transforms you, you will not be the same. At ALL!!! This happens a lot, usually after a traumatic experience or a life altering situation. God has a way of bringing us to him so that we can BE who he created us to be. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying every bad situation is God, but I am saying he can/will use your bad situations to produce an inward change that will benefit the Kingdom.
Okay, back to the text. So after transformation, a renewed mind, THEN you will be able to discern what is good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. I believe it is safe to say, you can’t have the ability to discern if you are still operating the same as last season. Remember, be in the world but not OF the world. I always encourage people to do a spiritual timeline by years. You should not look at God the same as you did in previous years. Your views of him should elevate and or increase. But it takes time, effort, and giving him your attention. In other words, you have to study, pray and invest in your relationship with God.
2 Corinthians 5:15 states “He died for all that those who live should no longer for themselves, but for him who died for them and rose again”. If you hop to verse 17, it states “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”. So let me ask, what is stopping you from living a transformed life? Evaluate, examine, and execute a plan to change.
I often minister to so many men and women, who are ALL standing in their own way in regards to being who GOD has called them to be. And honestly, I am convinced that it takes discipline, prayer, and more prayer to detest the customs of this world. There are so many distractions, so much deception, and many are simply being pulled in so many different directions. Let us not forget the enemy is also roaming around throwing fiery darts and seeking whom he can devour. But don’t worry, he’s already defeated. Your mind just has to get on board with that logic.
Take a deep breathe, release who you were and become everything you could be. Renew your mind today. Don’t worry about who will reject you, who will say negative things about you, or who will no longer want to engage with you. Transforming means transitioning, and unfortunately, you will transition in your relationships. That is all a part of growth. The good thing about God is that he’s the same today as he was yesterday and will be the same tomorrow. He’s a BIG God waiting for your SMALL mind to catch up.
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