“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” ~Romans 12:2 NIV
The word “transformed” is the English translation of the Greek word metamorphouste, which means metamorphosis. Everytime I hear the word metamorphosis, I think of a butterfly. This insect begins as a caterpillar, crawling on the ground, before it becomes a butterfly, floating through the air. When it’s all said and done, the butterfly is a completely different creature from when it first started. This is the kind of transformation God wants to do within each of us. He wants us to be completely different from the world.
So, how do we renew our minds? First, we must hear and read the Word of God. “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.” (Romans 10:17) The more we learn God’s Word, the more it changes the way we think and perceive the world around us. However, complete transformation does not end at hearing the Word. We must take action on what we’ve learned to create, and cement, godly ways of thinking into our minds. “Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.” (James 1:22-25)
God desires that we experience heaven on earth, but it all begins with our mindset. This is why God desires to transform our minds from following the world’s way to following His way. That’s quite a metamorphosis ,which is quite similar to the caterpillar becoming a butterfly. This dramatic transformation makes sense because the world is in direct opposition to the things of God. “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:15-18) It’s obvious why God desires that we think differently from the world. To get us there, God renews our minds with His Word and gradually teaches us to walk out what we’ve learned so we can be spiritually transformed into the image of His son. It’s only through this spiritual metamorphosis of our hearts and minds that we will witness the manifestation of His heavenly will upon the earth.
Prayer: Father, you are so wonderful. Thank you for spiritually transforming my mind so that I can experience heaven on earth. By the power of your Holy Spirit, help me to learn and understand your holy Word. Bless me with the wisdom to practice what I’ve learned in my daily life. Help me to be a hearer and a doer of your word so that my life may reflect the image of Christ and bring you glory. I ask these things in the name of your beloved son, Jesus. Amen