Do not be conformed, be transformed

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

(Romans 12:2 ESV)

The world is trying to make you fit its mold.

Do you realize that?

Of course we all understand and recognize the facts of that statement but, does your life really display your understanding that the world is actively trying to make you conform to what it wants for you and not what God wants for you? Everything around you in this culture beckons you, like the ancient sirens from Greek Mythology, to forget reality and to believe fantasy.

If you are a Christian you must be different. You see, the world is like the relationship an ice cream scoop has with ice cream, the ice cream scoop makes the ice cream conform to its image or its pattern, that is how we get those perfectly conformed round balls of ice cream. Our job is to not be in the position to be conformed by the world but instead to be transformed or transfigured into a completely new and different person. For sake of the illustration, we are to be  transformed from a gallon of ice cream (which is easily shaped by the world) into a solid block of ice (which is not easily shaped by the world).

How do you do that?

How do you become transformed?

By renewing or renovating your mind. From conception we all are sinners (Psalm 51:5) and our minds are bent on committing sin and being conformed by the world. Our natural disposition is actually to want to be conformed to the world (1 Peter 4:1-4). This is where we need a fundamental change. Our minds need to be completely renovated from these notions, and that means we need Jesus. We need Christ to save us from our sin and rescue us from our slavery to sin (Romans 6:15-23) so that we have the ability to obey. We then need Him to take control our lives by controlling our minds and our thoughts. The way He controls and informs our minds is with His word. So if you want to have a transformed life you need to constantly be refreshing your mind with God’s Word.

By doing this, by being transformed by the renewing of your mind, you will then be able discern what the will of God is and what is good, acceptable and perfect. Why? Because you now have a new mind that has been renovated. You have a mind that is seeking Christ, that is informed by God’s Word, and that is seeking to do what is right. Your mind is no longer confirmed to the world, instead it is transformed by God and ready to be used by God. Before Christ it’s like your mind was an AM radio and God was broadcasting in FM signals, and then once you are saved God gives you an FM setting so that you are able to tune into His broadcast.

Questions to ask yourself

Am I being conformed by this world? If so, how and where?

What areas do I need to fight being conformed in?

What actions do I need to take so that I am no longer conformed by the world?

Have I been transformed and am I different than the world?

Am I renewing my mind with the Word of God so that I am able know and understand what is the will of God for me?

Here are word studies if you are interested:

“Conformed”
– to be conformed to a pattern or mold, to be made like something else something different
– Greek word “syschēmatizomai” we get the word “scheme” from

“Transformed”
– change the form, transform, to transfigure
– Plural, Present, Imperative, Passive
– Greek word “metamorphoomai” we get the word “metamorphosis” from

“Renewal”
– a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better, make fresh, a new development
– Greek word “anakainōsis”

“Mind”
– Greek “noús” is the God-given capacity of each person to think (reason); the mind; mental capacity to exercise reflective thinking. For the believer, “noús” is the organ of receiving God’s thoughts, through faith.

“Testing you May Discern”
– to test, try, examine; interpret, to examine to know or understand
– Single Greek word is “dokimazein”

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