This is the first of three posts this week where we will look into what it means to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
You and I were created to be in deep and intimate relationship with God in such a way that every longing that our hearts have ever known, every craving that has ever entered our minds is completely satisfied. But sin has ruined that connection. The result is that we try hard to regain that relationship or we abandon that relationship and we rarely get a glimpse of that intended relationship.
But make no mistake, you were created to be filled with pleasure. You were created to crave that pleasure and find the fulfillment of that pleasure. The path to finding that pleasure if what this series and this verse is all about.
The be TRANSFORMED is the hinge, it is the road map, it is the heart of regaining that perfect and fulfilling relationship with God in which every craving is satisfied and you are who you were created to be.
But what does it mean to be TRANSFORMED?
Transformed is the Greek word Metamorphoo. Which means to change into another form (appearance, nature, character or structure).
This is the same word used in Jesus’ transfiguration in Matthew 17:1-3. Jesus takes on a different form in this story.
So when we see this word transform the essence of something is being changed. Think new DNA. Think unable to be changed back. Think a caterpillar into a butterfly. It will never be a caterpillar again.
For this to happen we need grace. Not the sort of grace that offers forgiveness of sin, but the sort of grace that gives to us something that we cannot get for ourselves. We are no more capable of this sort of transformation than we are of creating a new world. This sort of transformation can only come from God…and so we must ask for grace. Grace allows for this miracle to happen.
Ask for that grace today and come back this week for the rest of the writing about this idea of being transformed by the renewing of your mind.