June 28, 2020
Passage: Romans 12: 1 – 2
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The word Transformed means, to change in appearance or character completely. In the passage, we begin to see how the transforming work of God's love desires to continue changing us. Then we cooperate by faith with the urging of the Holy Spirit and experience God's renewing of our minds. He has changed who we are and now begins to change what we believe, how we think about everything.

This leads to our no longer being conformed to the world, but instead, we become like Christ in how we live and what we pursue. Through our lives, we are able to prove or demonstrate the will of God.
The moment one is Born Again, there are things to learn, and things to unlearn.
Habits to form and habits to break, then we become like babies in many ways, we crawl and we stumble as we learn how to walk.

We sometimes fall, then we struggle to our feet and keep going. We quickly learn that we cannot change on our own and that we need God's help. That is where the Holy Spirit comes in.

The moment you become a believer, the Holy Spirit indwells you. When you think about it, that is an amazing experience. God loves you and His Spirit lives within you. He is there to guide you, watch over you, transform you, correct you, and encourage you.

We now have the Spirit of God living within us in our spirit. We have been transformed from sinner to Saint, from unrighteous to righteous before God.

This transformation does not begin in our behaviour, it begins in our spirit. Who we are is first transformed, and then it begins to change what we believe how we live, and what we pursue. Who we are is determined by our being "in Christ." In Christ, we are constantly being transformed.

This is not a one - time deal. We are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory. Still in this passage, we see that we have a responsibility to become 'Born Again,' in order to be transformed. We need to stop being conformed to the world's ways so that we can start to be transformed.

And we are transformed by the renewing of our minds hence we do not let the world mold us.

As Christians, let us not copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God through His Holy Spirit, transform us into a new person by changing the way you think.

Then we will learn to know God's will for us, which is good and pleasing and perfect. God's goal is to transform you, by helping you become more like Christ.

Being a follower/disciple of Jesus Christ, means much more than going to church or trying to live a good life. Rather, it means, letting the Holy Spirit change you. As God transforms you, He wants to help you change your attitudes and emotions, to help you grow what the Bible calls, "the Fruit of the Spirit."

The Bible tells us in many places how to live – how to overcome sin, how to have good relationship, and how to tell others about Jesus. These are all important goals, but if we are not changing on the inside as well as on the outside, we are missing out on what really matters to God.

God wants to transform us on the inside, to help us become more like Jesus in our attitudes, our beliefs, and our love for others. God's love transforms us as we trust in Jesus and experience God's gift of eternal life.

The transformation continues as we walk in God's love. The primary goal of this ongoing transformation is to make us like Jesus in every way.

The transformation of God’s love changes who we are and what we believe. God's love also transforms how we live and what we pursue. As we follow Christ, He transforms our minds, our desires, our wills, our relationships, and our ultimate reason for living. Once transformed, the believer will inevitably begin to multiply, and make more disciples.

Some Biblical examples of transformed people :

First is the case of all Eleven Apostles - these men went from being ordinary men from a variety of backgrounds to a team of leaders used by God to guide the beginning of the Church in the power of the Holy Spirit. Each of them took the Gospel message to faraway places.

Secondly, the woman at the well in Samaria - John 4: 1 – 42.. Thirdly, the woman caught in adultery - John 8: 1 – 11. There is also the man possessed by demons living in the graveyard of Gerasene - Mark 5: 1 - 20

The case of Zacchaeus (Luke 19: 1 – 10) also comes to mind. We can also mention, Nicodemus (John 3: 1 -21; 7: 50; 19: 38 – 39) and that of Saul of Tarsus (Acts 9: 1 – 31) - the transformation of Saul on the road to Damascus was no doubt, the start of a lifelong work of God.

To live a transformed life we must note that a little mistake will erase all your years of righteousness and destroy your reputation. When that happens, nobody remembers all your great works because you slipped at the end.

Therefore, this is not the time for you to conform to sin or take a wrong step. Stay focused, maintain your dignity and integrity. Live a Transformed Life!

Amen

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