Moving From Information to Transformation

“… 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.” (Romans 12: 2) How? By taking these steps.

CONCEPT.  Everyone has many concepts to evaluate. Transformation requires processing the concepts influencing their life, positive and negative. What you think of these concepts is critical. Think about your old standards and their weaknesses. Evaluate all concepts you know in making your choice.

CONSIDER. From among these a preference has to be determined.

What is worth truly contemplating? If Christ and the resulting lifestyle is one consider the pros and cons. What is the decision being considered?

CONCLUDE. If  He and His ideology is your preference affirm such. Your beliefs are what you conclude to be true and fundamental.

COMMIT.  Repent quickly and affirm your conclusion. Resolve to follow Christ from start to finish moving toward tomorrow in deeper devotion.

CONDUCT. Having made your decision to follow Jesus, check your conduct often evaluating what you are considering, and conclude how you are doing, recommit. Don’t be distracted or discouraged by any failure. Instead, let it motivate you to conclude what to do in the future and commit to doing it. It will be a technique used many times throughout life.

CONTROL. It is essential to minimize potential failure by controlling your input.  Everyone has a plethora of inputs, positive and negative. Avoid those that spoil your spiritual appetite and feast on those that feed your spiritual values. Develop an appetite for things that nourish your will positively.

You know temptations that serve as a prelude to improper conduct. If you aren’t going in the house, stay off the porch. Stop the elusion to evil. There is an old song that addresses this, “You have to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative. Don’t mess with Mr. In-between.”

You have the ability to “…destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ’ (II Corinthians 10:5 [ESV])

Throughout life you will need to employ these techniques often.  Evaluate your concepts, consider them carefully, consider what to commit to, observe your conduct, and determine to control your thoughts and actions.

Do this to enjoy being “transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” 

Be sure you have information that leads to transformation by the grace of God.

This will enable you to have the power to take control of your behavior. Don’t try the frustrating task of doing it in the energy of the flesh. Involve the Lord as the final filter of your actions. The “good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

The means of this transformation is found in the verse preceding Romans 12: 2. It states: 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.”

This is a life vector corrector, giving it a new trajectory.