Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but BE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Pretend there is a big dog show coming and we want to enter our pet. Our pet, is not a dog, though. He is a pig. So, we bathe the pig, comb its hair, and but him a beautiful dog collar. We teach the pig to change from oinking to barking. We teach him to roll over and to fetch. When it’s all over, we have a pig that barks like a dog and wears a dog collar. A pig is a pig and a dog is a dog. He is not going to be in the dog show.
So, we’re sinners, born in sin. Our lives are not glorifying God, but we discover Christ. We are a sinner, but God takes us and scrubs us clean from all past sin and gives us the name of Christ to wear (Christian). He calls usHis child. Our decision to follow Christ gives us a desire to do so and we want to give our best effort. But, God is not finished yet. So, He gives us a new heart and mind, and new eyes to see with. We are “transformed” into His likeness. We’re not a pig with a fancy collar. We are not what we used to be. We are miraculously, by an act of God, transformed into a new creation… a child of God (2 Corinthians 5:17)
A lot of my friends are trying hard to live the Christian life by their efforts, but efforts will not do it. We need the transforming touch of God. It’s a miracle that God does within us… that then begins to evidence itself by our behavior, as we see things we never saw, and know things we never knew. Our minds are renewed (made new) and things that used to seem so important (money, pride, power) no longer fill our desires. With this miraculous transformation, it’s a whole new world out there. Our whole perspective changes because we are no longer the person we used to be. God wants to change “who you are”. The old self “dies” and a new self is “born.” Thus… born again! (Read Galatians 2:20.)
This message will be an eye-opener to many Christians who struggle so hard. If you will allow God to do His miracle by your surrendering your whole “old-self”, He makes you new. And you’ll really like the new you, the new life, the new realizations, and the new victories. It’s great when others begin to see Jesus in you, but it is awesome when you being to see Him in your own self.