Friday, October 18, 2013
Last time, I talked about the first verse in Romans 12:1,2, but now, we going to take a look at at verse 2. It says, 'And be not conformed unto this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.'
What exactly does conformed mean? If you look up the meaning in Strong's Concordance, you see that means 'to fashion alike'. So when we have consecrated our bodies and ourselves to the Lord, we can't help but be different from the world around us! The world should be able to see us as separate from them, by the way we eat, by the way we dress, by the way we act, what activities we participate in, and many other things. The word transformed comes from the Greek word metamorphoo. Sound familiar, eh? It comes from our English word metamorphosis, which means: 'a change of physical form, structure, or substance esp. by supernatural means.' So when we become a Christian, the change should be as radical as the change a butterfly goes through! Just as a the butterfly comes from being a creeping crawling caterpillar, then seemingly 'dies' in a little case called a pupa, and then finally, in turns into a beautiful butterfly!
Do think it would have been more suitable for the caterpillar to not go through too radical a change? The caterpillar would say to himself, 'I think it would be more... well... a little extreme into a totally different creature'. But we see that he would change into a far better creature than a caterpillar!
So whenever Satan tempts us to think, "It's too great a sacrifice to give up a sinful life, after all it would be miserable giving up all this fun stuff". You can retort,"I'd much rather be a flying butterfly than a crawling caterpillar." Because Satan wants us to think that this sinful life isn't worth sacrificing for eternal life. But we know that 'Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared to them that love Him.' 1 Cor. 2:9