Romans 12:2 - “2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

When I was in the 5th grade, the Transformers lines of toys exploded onto the market.  For Christmas that year, I begged for some Transformers action figures for Christmas.  

Imagine my delight on Christmas morning when I woke to find not one, but TWO transformers waiting on me under the tree!  

I cannot begin to count the number of hours I spent pitting the two against one another in epic battles of robot superiority.  First they would fight as robots, then transform to vehicles for a game of chase, then back again for even more robot action.

Sometimes, in our spiritual lives, we like to try to play Transformers as well.  Then there is our one side when we’re at work or at school, or when we think no one else is watching. Then when it’s time for church, or to sit the dinner table and bless our biscuits, we think we can suddenly transform into our Christian persona.  

The reality is we aren’t actually transforming at all, merely conforming back into what the world wants us to be. 

Conforming comes naturally.  It is the default setting that the heart of man will always revert to if left to its own devices.  Transforming comes supernaturally, and can only be accomplished through total surrender to Christ.