CONFORMED OR TRANSFORMED?

I am sure you know by memory Romans 12:2, “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.” The word “transformed” is “metamorphoo” in the Greek. Because we understand the metamorphosis of a caterpillar changing into a butterfly, we get to see the full understanding of this word. We are not to slightly change from the culture of this society. Through the constant filling of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit in our lives, we are to change into a completely different person. We will live a totally different lifestyle than the humanistic culture around us.

Metamorphoo is the same word that is used when Jesus was “transfigured” in front of Peter, James and John. He didn’t slightly change, but was totally transformed. “His face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light” (Matthew 17:1-2).

The J. B. Phillip’s translation says, “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould” and Williams’ translates it, “Stop living in accordance with the customs of this world.” If we are living pretty much like everyone in society around us, we are most probably entrenched in the humanistic culture and don’t even know it! God wants to transform us into a totally different person, one that lines up with His biblical culture.

We are either conformed or transformed.

Love from Nancy
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