‘Be transformed by…renewing…your mind.’ Romans 12:2 NKJV
Our self–image is formed early on, based on feedback from parents, teachers and other authority figures—and changing it isn’t easy. It doesn’t come from inspiration (or perspiration), but from letting the Holy Spirit transform you. How? ‘By…renewing…your mind.’ Recalling when his boys were young, a preacher said they were playing with a toy lorry, complete with the sounds of grinding gears and roaring engines. ‘I didn’t pay much attention as I unwound from the day’s stresses. Distractedly, I glanced down and noticed the boys were now running an aeroplane down an imaginary runway. “What happened to the lorry?” I asked. “Daddy, this is a transformer. It can be transformed into whatever we want!” they explained. God made the first transformer. He created man in such a way that He could pull a woman out of him. From one creative act God transformed the man into a marriage, the marriage into a family, and the family into a society. All kinds of potential are locked into your spirit. And for the Christian, transformation at its optimum is the outworking of the internal. God placed certain things in you that must come out…and when you’re tired of trying to unlock your own resources, allow Him to release in you the power to become whatever you need to be.’ ‘But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God.’ (John 1:12 NKJV) Christ empowers us to slip out of who we were, and transforms us into who He created us to be.
SoulFood: Lev 18-20, Luke 2:8-20, Ps 71:1-16, Prov 2:1-2
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2015