Transforming Grace
June 2, 2019

Transforming Grace

God’s grace transforms us, that is, God’s grace changes us. But it doesn’t depend on our working our way through it; rather it is God working His way through us. 

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

What Paul is saying is that if we want to live in God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will, then it doesn’t come through our abilities or even through our capabilities, but rather it comes only through God’s grace.

The word, “conform,” in the Greek language means a change based on outside pressures. Think of it like how weather changes the landscape around us. Cold, heat, wind and rain all help to change or conform the surrounding landscape as it changes over time. 

What Paul is telling us is not to let the world change us from the outside-in, that is, don’t allow the outside pressures of this world change us into its image, or what it considers a Christian to be. 

Rather, Paul is saying that we are to be transformed, that is, we are to change from the inside out. 

The best example I can give to help us understand is how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Here is this ugly bug, caterpillars aren’t cute, but this ugly bug spins a cocoon, and then inside that cocoon its changes into a beautiful butterfly. 

That is transformation, and Paul says it happens when we renew our minds, that is, to change the way we think, allowing God’s word to change us as we begin to take it in. 

In fact, a transformed mind is having the mind of Christ as Paul says, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5)

And so, God’s transforming grace should be changing us more and more into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. 

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