14 day plan

Transformation through the Word

Day 3 of 14


Romans 12:2

2Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Reflections:  Arguably the most famous transformation scripture in the Bible – and it’s easy to see why! Paul writes in Romans a kind of applied theology, or an ethical understanding of the gospel of Jesus. In short, Paul has finished showing the Roman church what the Gospel is, then he turns to describe how one can live it out. In this section, Paul is pleading with his Roman audience, not to let the things that surround us shape or mould us. The call is to transformation, a call to make a conscious choice to become un-like your surroundings. Where the world is cruel, by the Spirit we can be kind. Where the world wages war, we are called to make peace. There is an inherent activity that Paul is suggesting here – unlike many competing worldviews, Christianity is distinct in its approach to transformation. It is through the renewing of the mind, through the Word of God, that people are changed and given the divine ability to test what is good. Things that are beautiful, and perfectly pleasing to God.

Question:  What things are conforming you? What things do you need to reject or redeem in order that you are living a life pleasing to God?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I just pause and thank you for the almighty and transformative power of your Word. In a world that pursues me at every turn, I choose to rest in you, knowing that by the renewing of my mind, with your perfect Word, I can know and discover your will for my life, a will that is perfect and pleasing to you. Amen.

Romans 12:1-21

A Living Sacrifice

1Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. 2Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.

Many Gifts but One Body

3For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. 4Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, 5in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. 6According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts: If prophecy, use it according to the proportion of one’s faith; 7if service, use it in service; if teaching, in teaching; 8if exhorting, in exhortation; giving, with generosity; leading, with diligence; showing mercy, with cheerfulness.

Christian Ethics

9Let love be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. 10Love one another deeply as brothers and sisters. Take the lead in honoring one another. 11Do not lack diligence in zeal; be fervent in the Spirit; serve the Lord. 12Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer. 13Share with the saints in their needs; pursue hospitality. 14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. 17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. 18If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord. 20But

If your enemy is hungry, feed him.

If he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

For in so doing

you will be heaping fiery coals on his head.

21Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.