And be not conformed to 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 – Romans 12:2
The word “transformed” used in the opening scripture is from the Greek “μεταμορφόω (metamorphoō)” which means to metamorphose or to transfigure. It connotes a change in state. Think about the complete metamorphosis of an insect, like a butterfly. It starts as a little butterfly egg, laid on a plant, and hatches into a larva. The larva, now free of the confines of the shell, creeps about, feeding voraciously until something very fascinating happens to it. It undergoes a dramatic change in state and wraps itself in a cocoon, forming into a pupa. Finally, when the change is completed, the cocoon splits and a butterfly forces its way out, stretches out its wings, and flies away.
Now, there are some insects, for example, the cicada, that for some reason, live most of their lives in the larva stage. Some species of cicada live 17 years in the larva stage and become adults, only to live for 7 days and then die. Imagine living 17 years as a creeping larva, to only enjoy the glory of flying on beautiful wings as an adult for 7 days. Don’t be a “larva-stage Christian,” not fully exploring all that God has for you.
After you’ve given your heart to Christ, there’s a training process which begins with the renewing of your mind. Imagine a Christian who grew up fighting off the devil from his house, and always asking the Lord for mercy and pity. Such a person has a victim’s mentality and his mind has to be renewed with the Word of God. Some unfortunately linger at this stage, only to discover later in life that everything they had been praying for was always in their spirits; everything they’ve been asking the Lord for was theirs all along, but they didn’t know it.
Don’t wait too long to get to know about this glorious life in Christ Jesus! It’s best for you to start digging deep into the Word of God early, to discover all the wonderful treasures that belong to you in Christ. Let the Word renew your mind; by so doing, you’ll only live from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).
For more, please read and study: Ephesians 4:22-24; Hosea 4:6
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Dear Father, thank you for creating me in righteousness and true holiness. I put away any manner of life that’s inconsistent with my new nature, and I renew my mind with your Word, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.