When my sons were boys they played with small toys called Transformers. The Transformers looked liked cars but once you twisted and turned them they changed into something else. What I thought was a car was actually a robot with a man’s face. I never could get them changed back into the car again and come to think, I should have them in my attic. (I saved almost all their toys.) Recently a movie came out called the Transformers. I just had to go and see this movie because being a mom of boys; it brought back many memories of playtime.
Transformers if you think about it should be what we all are trying to obtain in life. Romans 12:1-2 I therefore urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God, for this is the reasonable way for you to worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but continually be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God’s will is-what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.
Conversion and sanctification are the renewing of the mind, a change, not of the substance, but of the qualities of the soul. The progress of sanctification, dying to sin more and more, and living to righteousness more and more, is the carrying on this renewing work, till it is perfected in glory. The great enemy to this renewal is, conformity to this world. Thus, to be godly, is to give up us to God.
We all may walk around looking like the cars in Transformers, but inside we should be changing. Transform means to undergo a total change and it starts in the mind. The mind can be complex but simple. It takes a made up mind to change. I recently went and prayed for a young pregnant girl who struggles with drug use. Her mind is a constant battle field. It is easy for us to say, “don’t drink or do drugs because you will hurt the baby” but in her mind, she thinks it doesn’t hurt the baby. Our minds can deceive us if we do not renew them daily and be transformed. She must get a made up mind to be transformed.
Our culture often seeks to suppress things with drugs or diversions: “Here, take this, and the symptoms or feelings will go away.” This type of believing only enhances the turmoil of humanity and guilt. Perhaps the hardest part of being Christian is changing our mind set. We cannot change habits and attitudes, unless we first change the way we think. What do you spend most of your time thinking about? That is a good indication of what is most important to you. If we want to change so that ‘we do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world,’ then we need to do as the Bible commands and ‘be transformed by the renewing of your mind. To achieve this, we need to have an active plan in place to help bring this about. Here are steps designed to help us achieve this goal.
Spend time with the Lord each day. Make it a priority. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to make God’s Word clear to you.
Read God’s Word each day. Make a habit of memorizing specific verses, so that you can recall them in times of temptation or other difficult times.
Think about what God’s Word is saying and how it applies to our lives. What things might need to be changed?
What you put into your mind will eventually shape you and also come out of your mouth and actions. This includes TV, magazines, books, music and other forms of media. If one listens to a certain sect of music which constantly sings about divorce, drinking, abuse and sadness, guess what? Your mind is being transformed into all of what you are depositing which could be good or bad choices.
Think carefully about what you fill your mind with. Think about ‘whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things,’ Philippians 4:8. Take a walk and enjoy God’s creation. Think about all the beauty of this world He has created for us to live in and praise Him for them.
Transformation takes time but with the help of the Lord and a made up mind, you can be renewed daily!