This series, if pursued, leads to a road marked with transformation. As I have said, “I’ll look human on the outside, but on the inside I will be completely made into the image of Jesus. I will be a human in disguise.” And the way that becomes obvious to the casual observer is in my reaction and response to life’s obstacles.
I can only get on the road by surrendering my heart to Jesus – to say, “Jesus, I have sinned against you. Please forgive me and grant me eternity with you.” But once on this road, a journey of obstacles and thrills await me.
In fact Jesus said most will not get on the road. But there will be some who do who will get off when the obstacles seem overwhelming (like death, poor health, loss, persecution) or who simply won’t finish the journey because of distractions (like worries, pursuit of wealth, life’s pleasures). This series was designed to show you what is needed to finish the course, which will allow you to metamorphosis from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly – from a natural being to a spiritual one.
Today we’re going to look at the 8th sign of transformation that is encompassed within the entire chapter of Romans 12. And it is: Righteousness – (doing right is worth the fight.)
God looks at life through one lens – the lens of righteousness. When He looks at your life He will evaluate your deeds as jewels or as stubble (value or waste). Have your good deeds been done in the name of Christ or in your name (the name of humanity)? No matter how good the good act may be anything that brings honor to you that you don’t credit to Him is an act that will be judged as stubble. So being on the road to transformation is worth the fight to stay on it. It will produce in you what God longs to see in you – righteousness done in His name.
Yet I can’t do it without the help of the Holy Spirit. I can’t do it if I’m ignoring the signs that God needs me to see. I can’t be transformed into the image of Christ if I only want to see myself in the mirror.
Romans 8: 9-10 states, “You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh, but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness.”
It’s clear that to belong to Christ means that the Holy Spirit is transforming me into the image of righteousness – Christ. I mean, “Who else did the right thing all the time when tempted to do wrong?” “Who else always did the will of the Father?” It’s His righteousness that should be flowing out of us into other’s lives. It should be evident to yourself that you are changing. It should be evident to others that you aren’t you. But righteousness won’t flow out of you unless you’ve given yourself to the other seven signs.
So let me ask you if you’re seeing these signs.
- Am I seeing surrender? Am I surrendering to God’s ways over my own, which in reality is submission to God?
- Am I seeing renewal? Is my mind being renewed daily to know God’s true and perfect will?
- Am I serving? Am I showing myself to be deserving of God’s favor by humbly serving Him through serving others?
- Do I love? Do I love others as God loves me, especially those who don’t love me in return?
- Am I diligent? Am I persistent and diligent in overcoming the obstacles I will face on my journey? In other words, do I persevere or do I quit when the going gets tough?
- Do I have perspective? Do I see my circumstances from God’s point of view allowing me to hear His voice and know which way to navigate?
- Do I value community? Do I value the community of God (the church) for the opportunity it provides me to receive and give all forms of help?
You see living by these signs will keep me on the straight and narrow path. There is only one path that God calls all who want to make it to Heaven to get on. There is only one path that God will meet you at the end to welcome you. And the path is called the Road to Transformation in which Jesus has paved the way.
Only Jesus knows what it is like to be human and still overcome evil with good. So on this path you will overcome the evil that will come against you. On this path you will overcome the evil within you put there through disobedience. On this path, you’ll become good because Jesus is good.