Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

Paul writes, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

We are to make sure that we do not become so well adjusted to the world that we lose our distinctiveness of being a follower of Jesus.  The Greek word “to be conformed” carries the idea of being stamped or pressed into the image of the world.   Being “transformed” is the Greek word metaphoreo, from which we get the word metamorphosis; the caterpillar changing, being transformed into the butterfly.

We are to be “transformed by the renewing of our mind.”  When Paul writes about the mind he usually indicates that we should have “the mind of Christ.”  See, Philippians 2:5-11(NRSV).  And in I Corinthians 2:15-16 (NIV) Paul indicates that through the Holy Spirit we do “have the mind of Christ.”

As you begin this new week may the mind of Christ dwell richly within you.