Romans 12: 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
In 1 Corinthians the apostle Paul locates the root of sin in one’s body/flesh. Here he indicates the source of transformation as the mind. It’s in one’s thinking that a life is reshaped. The Greek word here translated as “transformed” is the root of our English word “metamorphosis” (like a caterpillar changing to a butterfly). So while a change of thinking starts in the mind it doesn’t stop there, but molds the entire person into something new over time.
There’s no doubt that my metamorphosis remains a work in progress. My thinking has definitely changed over the years, but the shape of the world remains – at least in part. I don’t expect that work to be completed on this side of eternity, but I am grateful for the work God has done so far.
You also remain a work in progress, sisters and brothers. To some degree we are all in bondage to sin and cannot free ourselves. Yet, while we may never be perfect, empowered by the Spirit we continue to be shaped by God into the likeness of our Lord Jesus – growing in love and hope and joy and mercy and compassion and gratitude. Lord let it be so. Amen.