Sunday 21 September 2014

Romans 12:1-2 « Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God. »

The apostle Paul contrasts two opposing words in this text: don’t be conformed and be transformed.  The word “to conform” literally means to slide into the same mold.  And the word “be transformed” is best described as metamorphosis.

There is a spirit in this world that continually calls to the Christian wooing him into conformity to a certain kind of mold that may not deny God’s existence, but it certainly denies God’s right to your destiny.  This spirit lulls Christians into spiritual slumber; it weighs on them until they are discouraged and they lose the taste for the fight.  The very idea that one should give up their favorite foods to seek God is distasteful and too fanatical.  This text in Romans could better be translated as, Don’t allow yourself to slip into the mold of lukewarm consumer-Christianity.

Rather the apostle of grace challenges the christians of Rome to go through a metamorphosis.  He is NOT talking about being born-again.  Rather, he is talking about God’s plan to take us from infantile spirituality to adulthood. And that process requires a metamorphosis.

Just as a butterfly doesn’t change its DNA between the caterpillar stage and the butterfly stage, but it does shed one form in order to take on another, so too the Christian is challenged to shed the baby-approach to depending on the blessings of God to entering into the reasonable service of worship through sacrifice.

In our transformation we prove, or display, that in the will of God we can move from good to well-pleasing and on to perfect.  And so as we begin this Daniel Fast together, I want to encourage you to make a decision today that whatever changes God wants to make in your life, that you put yourself on His altar and you surrender your will to Him.  Decide now that you will take the road of transformation and you will allow God to bring you into His perfect plan.

Your plan of action for today consists of asking God what He wants to change in your life during these three weeks of the Daniel Fast.  Write these down somewhere where you will see if every day.  Commit them to the grace of God.

Welcome to the road of Transformation

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