Thursday, May 2, 2019

Romans 12:2 -- On Transforming Versus Conforming

"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."
Romans 12:2

I love the idea here of being transformed rather than conformed. :)  It is also interesting that those are the two choices rather than having more options, for instance staying the way we are.  For that one, I think it is probably because staying the way we are is basically impossible.  Being in this world will change us... we just have to choose in which direction.  Refusing to choose is also a choice, one that tends toward the conforming side I think.

Not a perfect analogy, but what it makes me think of is the caterpillar-butterfly transformation.  We come to the earth as little caterpillars, and we can choose to conform and join in all of the caterpillar politics and argue whether chrysalis is a myth, but until we take that leap and start building a cocoon, we will never become more than we are, transformed and changed into something better.

Today, instead of becoming better at the world's game, let's trust God and believe that we can be more than we are.  Let's work with him as he helps us learn how to change and grow and transform, changing our hearts and our minds, and showing us new selves and a new and better existence than we ever imagined.

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