“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NASB) Did you know that God is trying to work in you a complete inner transformation? His desire is to work in you an inward metamorphosis—a complete, fundamental change in your nature. This process of transformation is not something that we work in ourselves by our own power. It is the work of God through His Spirit. As the passage states, we are to be transformed. Of course, to be transformed, we must choose to allow transformation to happen. We must choose to let God go to work in us.
So, what must we do to allow God to perform His work of transformation? The above verse shows us the answer. First, we must choose to not be conformed (molded, shaped) to this world. One of the greatest dangers for us as Christians is that after we become partakers of His life, His glory, and His nature, that we would slide back into our old ways. It is so easy to let the world around us mold and shape us. It is so easy to fall back into our former ungodly lusts and desires. Doing so will stop God’s work of transformation in us. Secondly, note that transformation comes from the renewing of our mind. Our mind can easily become clouded and polluted by the junk that spews out from the world around us. Our minds must be renewed. How can we renew our mind? By study, prayer, and worship. These will bring us near to God so that He can bring renewal and transformation.
Take a hard look at your life. Are you being conformed or transformed? Are you being molded and shaped by the world, or molded and shaped by God? It is His desire to transform each of us into the image of His Beloved Son. Will you invite God to go to work in you?
— Scott Colvin