Greetings In The Name of the Lord:
Romans 12:2 (NLT)
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Many people around the country, and possibly the world, made what is referred to as a “New Years Resolution.” It is a decision to change something about ourselves in the coming year. It might be to eat better, lose weight, get more exercise, or a score of other promises. However, most people will be disappointed when weeks or months from now that resolution will fall by the wayside and we will feel like a miserable failure. What we all misunderstand is that we don’t have the power or resolve within ourselves to change anything. Even those with incredible will power only have the strength within themselves change minimally. Jesus said it best when he stated, “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5, NLT). The reality is we are not able to make real, lasting change without God’s help. The kind of change we really need is what the Bible calls transformation. This word comes from the Greek word metamorphousthe, which is a compounds word of meta (which means change) and morpho (which means to give shape or form). In other words, transformation means to change who we are and not just something we do. Notice something that Paul says in Romans 12:2, “…but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” He doesn’t say change yourself, he says let God change you. The only way we can achieve real and lasting change is for us to allow God to change us. Are you willing this year to let God transform you into a new person?