“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:1-2)
The Greek word translated transform in this passage is metamorphousthe. This is where our English word metamorphosis comes from. It literally means to change form. When we become a Christian, we are expected to become something different. We are not to stay the same. God now lives in us. Through his presence and the influence of Scripture and Christian practices, we are shaped into a new being.
As we go through life, it is helpful to stop from time to time and compare our life to what it once was. We need to look at our life before we were a Christian and now that we are a Christian. We need to examine our progression over the years. We should be growing in Christ. If we are the same person we were five, ten, fifteen years ago, then something is wrong.
One of the primary goals of the Christian life is to be transformed into the image of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18). If this is not happening, then we need to make some changes. We need to begin by praying to God and developing a healthy prayer life. We need to make sure we are meditating on God’s word. We need to digest it and make it a part of us. We need to be engaged in Christian practices (disciplines). We need to be actively in involved in helping the poor. We need to focus on our spiritual health through fasting. By devoting ourselves to Christian practices and trusting in God to work in our lives, we can become something new.