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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Transformation

In 1984, Hasbro released a new line of toys called Transformers. These toys, targeted to young boys, were action figures of alien robots. By moving the robot's various parts, each robot was able to transform into everyday vehicles, electronic items, or weapons. This transformation enabled the figure to disguise itself until such time as its true form was needed for battle.

In our walk with Christ, we also need to go through a transformation. Unlike the Transformers, we don't transform physically by changing in form or appearance. Our transformation is a change in character, behavior, or attitude. It is a transformation from our sinful nature to holiness. Such a transformation is one that sets us apart from the world. God's Word warns us not to be conformed to our former desires, the desires of the flesh. Rather, in all that we do, we are to seek to be holy, just as Christ is holy (1 Peter 1:14-16).

Romans 12:2 tells us that we should not be conformed to the world. When we conform to the world, we are allowing ourselves to become like the world, to live by the standards of the world rather than by God's standards. When we accept Christ as Savior and give our lives to Him, our goal is to become like Him. We can do that by allowing a transformation to take place in us through a renewal of our minds. We must seek to have the mind of Christ. When we do, we are then able to discern God's will in our lives, His good, acceptable, and perfect will.

Transformation is only possible when we allow His Holy Spirit to dwell in us and to guide us. Through the Spirit of the Lord, we will find freedom, not just from the penalty of sin, but from its hold on us. And through the Spirit, we are transformed into the image of God (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).

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