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but be transformed

18 Aug

I’m a little too old to be part of the transformer generation, ok, a lot too old. I never had one of my own but did on occasion fold and unfold, transform and return, some kid’s toy. I’ve always thought they were very ingenious, but I don’t really know if they ever were that big a hit as toys. Did they ever approach the popularity of the early Matchbox cars that were the rage when I was that age? It is evident that they were a big enough hit for a group of Hollywood writer/producers to create a whole serie of movies in their image.

I didn’t have any transformers as a kid, but in mid life I did buy what those who see it call a transformer. I allowed myself to afford, in 2007, a hard top convertible made by VW that really does have the look and feel of transformation as the top folds itself into the Eos trunk.

A right relationship with God through Jesus Christ is about transformation. Two options are ours as we live out our lives on planet Earth. The first is to be like “the world.” This world view is about conformation; it is about adopting and living by the morals and values of a society that ignores God’s way; it is about selfishness, self centeredness, and ultimately disobedience; it is about rejecting God’s plan and boundaries. The other option is to be like Christ. This option is about transformation; it is about taking up Christ’s cross and living by the morals and values given by God; it is about sacrifice, selflessness, and complete surrender; is it about being immersed in and loving God’s plan and boundaries; it is about God changing, transforming, us into His likeness.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 ESV)

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