Transformed Inside Out

 

Transformed Inside Out

   Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2

   International newspapers recently ran a story of a young man in Argentina who decided to transform himself into an elf through plastic surgery. His jaw was broken and reassembled; his chin was reshaped; his ears were cut open and stretched out; his eyes were made cat-like; and he is having four ribs removed to be thinner at the waist. “I have my own beauty ideal and want to achieve that no matter what,” he said.

Recommended Reading: Romans 12:1-2

    Romans 12:1-2 has a better approach to total transformation: (1) Receive the mercy of God available through Christ; (2) offer your body a living sacrifice to Him; (3) refuse to let the world push you into its mold; (4) renew your mind daily with Scripture; (5) trust God to transform you from within; and (6) commit to fulfilling His good and acceptable and perfect will day by day.

   When we encounter the holiness of God, we are transformed, not by plastic surgery but by spiritual renewal. True transformation isn’t from the outside in, but from the inside out.

   Holiness consists of three things—separation from sin, dedication to God, transformation into Christ’s image.