One definition for transformation offered by Merriam-Webster is ” complete or major change in someone’s or something’s appearance, form, etc.” I have been giving some thought to this subject for the past couple of weeks, as our focus at church has been on Romans 12. Romans 12:2 deals with transformation that is brought about by the renewal of our minds.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 (ESV)
Some time ago, Joyce Meyer wrote a best-selling book called Battlefield of the Mind. In this book she really drives home the importance of the mind, and specifically the thoughts which begin the process of our actions — good or bad. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of Joyce Meyer and her ministry, the book is a good read and an important reminder of the vigilance we must place on our thoughts.
To live as a carnal-minded Christian, saved but not growing, is bound to leave you unhappy. I know for me, for a long time, it was a case of always wanting the ‘next great thing’ or more of whatever I had at the time — thinking it would somehow fill that void inside of me. If you’re saved, you’ll go to heaven when you die — but you will leave behind an unfulfilled earthly life and a legacy of neglect for God and His previous Word. Why not leave a life filled with love, joy and peace and embark on an eternal one infinitely better?