Transformers! More than meets the eye! Transformers! Robots in disguise! This same chorus is to be evident in the life of a follower of Jesus. A follower of Jesus is to be transformed in such a way that he/she is more than meets the eye. And though the body will still look human, the heart, mind, and soul will take on the characterization and qualities of Jesus Christ providing a greater image than what the eye sees. Disciples of Jesus are to be Transformers! Humans in disguise!
Yet in order for this to happen, cooperation with God is critical, meaning I must let myself be corrected and changed into the image of His Son. And there is no way to be transformed into the image of Christ unless I first accept that I need Him. And to do so means I have to give my heart to Him.
The Apostle Paul in Romans 12 has given us the road signs, the marks on the road to transformation. And it’s a process of metamorphosis (just like the caterpillar changing into a butterfly) that is obvious to those watching. They will see a human, but not really. They will see a human in disguise – a human acting and responding like Christ.
So in review, a surrendered life is a rendered life, meaning it is being purified into Christ’s image, and a renewed mind is a subdued mind, meaning the mind is being restrained/disciplined to think and act like Jesus.
Therefore, the first mark of transformation is Surrender – “to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.” The second mark of transformation is Renewal – “to be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is.”
And those who truly want to follow Jesus and be transformed into His image must surrender their lives and their minds to Him. If you’re doing these two things, then you are heading on the correct road to transformation.
But there are 6 more signs to read. So let’s look for the third one. It’s in Romans 12: 3-8.
The third mark of transformation is: Service – a serving soul is a deserving soul.
One of the most obvious marks of transformation is serving God by serving others. Paul was stating, “If you want to stay humble, if you want to have a sober judgment of yourself, then use the gift God has given you to serve others.”
Jesus taught often on this topic. He taught the crowds as He began His ministry, “Blessed are the poor in spirit (the humble), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” -Matthew 5: 3 He said about himself, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20: 28 He taught His disciples and His following, “The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Matthew 23: 11-12 “But you are not to be like that. Instead the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” – Luke 22: 26-27 “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” – John 12: 26
A life being transformed into the image of Christ will take on His character and this will be displayed to others in using your God-given talents to serve others.
So, as Paul said, if you have the gift to speak the word of God into a situation (to exhort/to prophesy), then speak what God tells you to speak. If serving comes naturally to you, then serve. If you can teach, then teach. If you are a natural encourager, then encourage. If you enjoy giving, then give generously. If you are a leader, then lead. And if you are merciful to the plight of others, then show mercy with a cheerful heart. In all situations you are called to use your talents (even beyond what Paul listed) to serve others.
So the road to transformation looks like this: a surrendered life, a renewed mind, and a heart for service. Is your life being rendered to look like Jesus? Remember a surrendered life is a rendered life. Is your mind being subdued to think like Jesus? Remember a renewed mind is a subdued mind. Is your heart being qualified to serve like Jesus? Remember a serving soul is a deserving soul.
It may not be just yet, but it’s where you need to be going. Jesus didn’t come just to get people out of the Hell of their future. He came to get people out of the Hell their presently living in by transforming them into His likeness and teaching them how to live.