Be Transformed

picture101“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Rom. 12:2). The word “transformed” (metamorphoo) means “to be changed in form.”

One day a farmer brought his family to the city to follow-up some papers. They went inside a building. At the front entrance, the door suddenly opened by itself. The son said, “Did you see that Dad? Amazing!” They didn’t know about automatic doors.

Then the farmer asked a clerk where to go. The clerk pointed them to  an elevator. They didn’t know about elevators. They went to the elevator and stood there, not knowing what to do. Then the door opened and an old woman  went inside. A few minutes later, the door opened and a beautiful young woman came out.

The farmer told his son, “Quick, son, go get your mother.”[1]

To be conformed is to copy the form of another. But to be transformed is to be changed in form. Marriage is a transforming experience. When you get married, your wife is in thin, sexy form. But after many years, she will “transform.” So will you.

To be conformed is to let the world conform you to itself. To be transformed is to let God change you to be like Christ. Paul wrote, And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Cor. 3:18). As we keep looking at the glory of God, God transforms us. God transforms us from one degree of glory to another.

[1] “Sermon Illustrations: Transformation,” HotSermons. Cited September 11, 2016. Online: http://hotsermons.com/sermon-illustrations/sermon-illustrations-transformation.html.

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