Bible Verse: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1-8

Biblical transformation is defined as a change or renewal from a life that no longer conforms to the ways of the world to one that pleases God.

As a parent one of my greatest struggles is how to reach my children’s hearts. It is easy to train my kids in behaviour modification techniques, where they know how to act and what I require of them. The tough part is discerning why they are behaving in a certain way. Has their heart been changed? Or, are they just doing what they know will please me in the moment and the minute I am gone their obedience goes out the window.

For our hearts to be transformed in the way Romans 12:2 speaks about we need more:

The gospel must be more than information to transform me

The Pharisees had the information. They had read the Bible since they were children; but that did not cause any transformation in their hearts. Instead, because of their hardened hearts, it resulted in man-made religion.

The gospel must be more than experiences to transform us

Capernaum was Jesus’ home as an adult. Matthew 9 reads like a highlight reel of the many miracles and healings he did in just one day in Capernaum. He raised a girl back to life, healed a woman who had been bleeding for twelve years and cast out demons. The hometown crowd was amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”

Yet, with all the people witnessed, Jesus said this about Capernaum: “And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.” (Matthew 9:23-24)

Transformation starts with more than information and experiences.

Transformation starts with realizing the depth of our sin

Until we can admit to the problem, we are not going to look for a solution. We are enemies of God. Our sin has driven a canyon-sized wedge between us and Him.

Transformation continues when we respond to sin with brokenness

A changing of the Lordship of our lives, from us to Christ, takes us realizing the true depth of our sin and leads to true repentance – not just saying “Sorry.” The old is gone and the new has come.

Transformation occurs when the grace of God is applied to your heart

“Our hearts are not pure in need of protection; they are wicked in need of transformation” writes Eric Geiger. Transformation occurs when we are impressed with the attractiveness of Christ and the deficiency of everything else.

Have my mind and heart been transformed or am I just going through the motions in my Christian life?

— Travis Whims, Director, Discipleship International

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