Conformed and Transformed

th“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. 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.” (Romans 12:1, 2)

When we see the word, therefore, we recognize it to be a bridge between what was just stated and that to follow. Here we see, in perhaps the most pivotal verses of Scripture, a therefore bridge that is between all the previous dispensations of history and the following expected result. The expected outcome of our redemption is no longer conformity to the world, but conformity to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29), and a daily outward manifesting of our inward transformation. Thusly, our lives in Christ should look like this:

We do not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think.
We let our love be without hypocrisy.
We abhor what is evil.
We cling to what is good.
We are kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love.
We in honor give preference to one another.
We are diligent.
We are fervent in spirit.
We serve the Lord.
We rejoice in hope.
We are patient in tribulation.
We continue steadfastly in prayer.
We distribute to the needs of the saints.
We are hospitable.
We bless those who persecute us.
We bless and do not curse.
We rejoice with those who rejoice.
We weep with those who weep.
We are of the same mind toward one another.
We do not set our minds on high things.
We associate with the humble.
We are not to be wise in our own opinion.
We repay no one evil for evil.
We have regard for good things in the sight of all men.
We when possible, live peaceably with all men.
We do not avenge ourselves.
We overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:3-21)

That is quite a list and well worth spending our time studying and using to inventory our daily living. It is an excellent picture of a truly meaningful and abundant life. It is a fantastic picture of who we are to be in body, mind, and spirit, while being conformed and transformed.

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