We can try all we want to change into a better Christian, but only by God’s Holy Spirit can we be transformed into what He would want us to be.
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
Before the days of buried cables, an electric line ran from a pole by our road to one in our yard. The roadside pole held a transformer that changed electric power from high voltage, enough to serve the neighborhood, to low voltage for our house and barn.
To transform means to change in nature, form, or appearance. Transformation also means metamorphosis, as a caterpillar changes into a butterfly. By our own efforts, we can cause transformations, too. We can turn a run-down house into a castle, a rock into a polished gem, a piece of wood into a table. Overweight people can transform their bodies, by diet and exercise, into ones of health and beauty. Struggling students can become successful through hard work and determination.
The Bible speaks of transformation, too. “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) The words conform and transform given here are opposites. Instead of being conformed, or molded, by the world’s values, Paul wants us to be transformed.
If our mind is dedicated to worldly concerns, it will not line up with God’s perfect will. When we choose to believe the truth of God’s Word, however, and consistently meditate on it, the Holy Spirit will guide and shape our thoughts and behaviors. Such action will renew our mind until “we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16)
Lord, thank You for Your Spirit, who gives us the strength, encouragement, and power to resist worldly pursuits and to transform our minds into the mind of Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.
(Reprinted from The Nature of God: Daily Devotionals Celebrating Summer, by Sally Bair