Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1,2

“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)

God calls us to a transformed life — “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” What does it mean to be transformed? The word Paul uses is the Greek word from which we get our English word “metamorphosis.” To be transformed means to go through a radical change. It is a change from the inside out.

Let me get a little technical here. The Greek verb is in the present passive form, which means that a person cannot make this change by his or her effort. It is an inward work of the Holy Spirit. In other words, it is something that is done for us, something done in us.

This inward work of the Spirit produces a change in our affections (what we love) and a change in the way we think (how we think). If we have been transformed by the Holy Spirit, we will love Jesus more than we love ourselves. And we will begin to develop the mind of Christ. The essence of the mind of Christ, according to Philippians 2:5-8, is humility. It is the mind of a servant who is willing to make sacrifices. Jesus who is the King of all kings humbled himself and became a servant. He sacrificed Himself for us.

Have you experienced a radical change in your life? Do you love Jesus more than you love yourself? Do you have the mind of Christ? If so, you know that the Holy Spirit is at work in you, transforming you into a new creation — “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (II Corinthians 5:17)

O Holy Spirit, thank You for the transforming work You are doing in my life. Thank You that You are changing me from the inside out. Give me the mind of Christ and let me humbly serve Him and all those He puts into my life.


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