Believe it or not the quote is right in line with biblical truth. Paul graphically talks about this phenomenon in Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Anyone who takes a mere minute or a lifetime of study understands the vast liberating distance between conforming and transforming. Conforming simply means, “to make like: shape to fit: adapt.” Strong’s Concordance confirms conform deals primarily with the outward, while transform with the inner. The only legitimate mold we have for the outer and the inner is Christ. This model pretty much leaves off the outer and gets down to where the rubber meets the road, what/who is going on/in your mind and heart?
If the Holy Spirit is working in harmony with God’s Word, be assured that He is, then the transforming work is correcting our mind to become ever more like the mind of Christ and changing our feelings into the feelings of Christ.
Tragically many live in vain attempts to be like someone, and thus never live their own lives.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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