“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
“and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:23
One of the greatest tragedies in my early years calling myself a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ was that I wasn’t BEING TRANSFORMED. But how can that be? Shouldn’t every believer in Jesus be going through a transformation process? Yes, every believer SHOULD be getting transformed. But I was not! How so?
“Keep me on the potter’s wheel,” a man told me he prays every day. He knows he needs to be continually transformed in the hands of the Lord. In the hands of the Great Potter. The Lord.
I was not on the potter’s wheel. How do Christ’s followers get transformed? By His Spirit through His Word. Our minds need to get RENEWED. As our minds get RENEWED, our lives begin to CHANGE. We learn to live the way the Lord intended. According to HIS WAYS! Our minds are RENEWED when we STUDY GOD’S WORD and learn to LIVE BY GOD’S WORD in the POWER OF GOD’S SPIRIT.
I was not being transformed because I was not studying God’s Word, I was not spending time with the Lord daily, I was not getting to know Him and to learn to follow Him, and I was also not solidly planted in the Body of Christ. God calls us to assemble with Christ followers, and one great benefit is that we have other followers to love, encourage, pray for us, and help us in our relationship with God. They can help in the transformation process!
Transformation involves CHANGE OVER TIME. From the point of being born again spiritually when we place our faith in Christ as Lord, believing He died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, to the point our lives on this earth are over, we should be going through the most beautiful albeit hard and sometimes gut-wrenching and utterly amazing process of BEING TRANSFORMED BY GOD so we are ever growing in His image and ever growing closer and closer to Him as we proceed forth in a forever relationship with Him.
Are you BEING TRANSFORMED? Are you on the potter’s wheel? Are you spending time with the Lord daily, studying His Word, learning to live by it, and solidly planted in Christ’s Body with fellow Christ followers to love, help, encourage, and pray for you? Are you filled with His Spirit and learning to be led by His Spirit? All Christ followers have God’s Spirit living inside us, but we can also ask for fresh fillings of His Spirit, for more and more of His Spirit to fill us with His love, grace, peace, joy, purpose, gifts, etc.
So, are you BEING TRANSFORMED?