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 12:2
Transformation takes time. In Mark 4 Jesus teaches about the mustard seed, illustrating the Kingdom of God. Starting small, growing best in arid, poor conditions, it sluggishly matures into a tree. Transformation is like that. Even with small beginnings, even in poor conditions, transformation is possible.
Transformation requires preparation. Jesus mentions hard ground on which the seed can only lie; birds come and take it. Other seed falls on rocky ground, shallowness; the seed dies. Other seed falls on thorny places; its choked by other priorities. Other seed falls on soil that is prepared for it; it thrives.
Transformation is not always desired. In Mark 5, people ask Jesus to go away from them after he heals the demon possessed man. Astonishing! The work of God was not wanted. Also in this chapter is a woman healed and a child raised. Jesus transforms through his touch. Question, how much do I want to be changed?
Transformation prepares me to connect with God and others. Isolation is diabolical and deadly. The enemy desires disconnection from God and others. I am transformed by God’s comfort to comfort. I live authentically to connect with others who walk similar paths. None of this will happen if I am disconnected from my Lord. Sadly, if I try to connect with my friends but am not connected to the Lord in fellowship, I have nothing to offer.
Transformation prepares me to do the hard work. Jesus was moved with compassion when He saw the crowds of needy people. Though inconvenient, even when they had nothing to offer or give, Jesus served.
Lord, I’m not sure about what transformation means for me, or what it might cost. But, I ask that you do this work in my life. I surrender to you because I trust you.