If we could grasp transformation, we could obtain long-lasting, life-altering change for our lives.
Just recently I was meditating on transformation and what it looks like in comparison to change. Imagine for a moment that you have a blank white canvas. You can change the canvas by making it a different color with paint, adding a few buttons, maybe even altering the looks of it by cutting a few decorative designs so very carefully. OR you can transform the canvas into something brand new by starting with the canvas and building a life-size doll house. Crazy, right?! But that is just it! The difference is between a few changes made with an outwardly effort or taking what you have and transforming into something completely different from what you started with.
I believe whole heartedly that the Lord’s desire for us is to not just make changes within our own strength and understanding, but to truly be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit and be empowered by his love and transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:2).
Sometimes, the truth is raw and unlovely. But this raw truth can be just as positive as a feel-good message of hope.
I believe Paul understood transformation and in essence, this was a part of his message to the people of Rome in Romans chapter 2. This chapter is so informational and can be a catalyst for true transformation for the time we live in today. We see our society creating chaos with blasting other people’s wrongdoing and forgetting their own. We see acceptance of sins being viewed as loving and accepting others and becoming a type of lifestyle instead of something we repent and completely turn from.
It is time for us to take a stand in our faith and for our Lord Jesus Christ. And to truly love this world like Jesus did as well as be transformed ourselves.
Paul addressed these things in Romans 2. We are so quick to judge the sins of another person and not realize the even playing field that they are on. I pray for God to reveal this to us as His children, as His ambassadors, as His vessels for His light to shine through.
We live in a time where sins are becoming a new normal. While it is important for us to help others out of darkness, I believe Romans 2 is a call to self-examination as well.
“For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people.” – Romans 2:28-29
Romans 2 definitely talks about sins and the judgement day coming. But I believe Paul was doing more than making the people of Rome aware of how they were handling these things. There was a call to action, and it remains the same today.
What counts is the change of heart produced by the Spirit. It does not matter where we have come from, who we came from, what type of culture, religion, or environment of any kind we have come from. What counts most is the position of our heart. Has transformation taken place within us as a person to develop long-lasting, life-altering change?
I highly encourage you to read this chapter in full and allow God to bring revelation of His word into your heart today.
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