TRANSFORMATION OR REFORMATION?
Here is a progress on the topic but if you missed out on the former check it here.
What is Reformation?
According to Word web it is the forming again (especially with improvements or removal of defects); renewing and reconstituting.
A lot of Christians want Reformation confusing it for Transformation. See this:
Reformation is that change that is added unto your person. Transformation is that added unto you which changes your person.This has been the stumbling block against transformation. We want to receive the change( the Christ) into our lives in addition to the things we were before. We do not arise to let-go/change from those things there before into the new thing he promised [Isaiah 43:19]
No matter how Reformed it is, if it is not transformed, it will end up Deformed!
Note this also: When we talk Transformation, as much as it is a change it doesn’t mean repentance.
Romans 11:26 :- He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob[input your name]
The issue is not turning to ungodliness as sons of God anymore. The issue of Transformation has to do with our mindset, our thinking pattern. Our Soul the seat of our feelings, emotions and will.
Romans 12:1-3Amplified Bible (AMP)
12 [a]Therefore I urge you, [b]brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be [c]transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
3 For by the grace [of God] given to me I say to everyone of you not to think more highly of himself [and of his importance and ability] than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has apportioned to each a degree of faith [and a purpose designed for service].
Romans 12:1-3New Living Translation (NLT) A Living Sacrifice to God
12 And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.[b] 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.3 Because of the privilege and authority[c] God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.[d]
Romans 12:1-3New King James Version (NKJV) Living Sacrifices to God
12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 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.
Serve God with Spiritual Gifts3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
NOTE: The ideology that Transformation is gradual/ should be gradual emanates from Reformation and not Transformation. [Transformation is Sudden!]
The scriptures above according to Amplified, New Living Translation and New King James have different translations but the same meaning(Context). Let’s relate it:
Verse 1: Decisive dedication of your bodies:- An intentional act from you. This is your part to play for the initiation of transformation.
Reasonable Service and Spiritual Worship:- This is how the transformation process runs. The more we get deep in this, the more the light(Transformation) is revealed.
Verse 2: You are to prove God’s perfect will for you:- This is not hard . It’s not the PROVE you have on your mind. It is to REVEAL. You are to reveal God’s perfect will for your life when you live a transformed life.
Verse 3: Rate your ability:- Transformation is a sudden change but there is a stage of the introduction of illumination to the state of becoming the light. This makes Transformation a process.
You must let the light shine before all men, that they may glorify the father [Matthew 5:16]
Verse 1: Give your bodies to God:- this is the true way to worship Him. I.e. whatever activity(spiritual) we get involved in, when our bodies are not accepted, such activities are not too.
Verse 2: A new Person:- Note Transformation is not rebranding you. It is becoming like Christ. Transformation is relative per individual. We learn God’s will for us through this.
Verse 3: Honest Evaluation:- What have you learnt? Discovered God’s will? How much of a new person have you become?
From this translation, I discovered that Transformation is a response to God’s grace.
(a) Presentation: We are to present (give back, report) our bodies to God as a living sacrifice.
(b) Separation: We are to avoid conforming to the world’s way and approach
(c) Transformation: We are to renew our minds and thus change is introducing into our lives.
(d) Demonstration: We are to prove we belong to God by doing His will.
Verse 3: (I) Think Soberly (II) God deals with each one according to a measure of faith.
Thus, what is the measure of your faith?
REFORMATION OR TRANSFORMATION??
The second verse of these three scriptures exposes us to the truth behind a transformed life.
Do not be conformed to this world; Donot copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. [Romans 12:2 Mixed Translation]
Now we see clearly that God is the Transformer (permit that word…. Smiling), our part is to avoid conforming.
How do I avoid Conforming?
Is this possible? Yes!
Do not behave like one of the world’s own.
Take some time today and see through the list that was written in the last post. Take a step of faith called action according to your measure. Be honest with your report. You will discover the need to be Transformed and not Reformed.
Your present life cannot accept the home the Christ is trying to build you into. The foundation must be Him to host the dimension of Glory he is about to reveal through you. Take a step of faith and come close to Jesus today.
Be ye Transformed!!
Cry to him now. He is willing to cause a change.
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