I grew up before the age of transformers. By transformers I am referring to the toy that might look like an automobile or a lawnmower, but you can twist the parts of the toy around in a certain way and you had a robot or a monster. I suppose it was good in that you got two toys for the price of one, but most of the transformed toys looked scary and violent to me.
God actually calls us to be a "transformed" people. Being transformed is what makes us different from the rest of the world. We talk of changes or adjustments in the way we live, but God is out to see that his people are noticeably a changed people. Read carefully:
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The transformation is a process in which God cleans us up by washing us in the blood of Jesus, and continues to transform us through the maturing process. Satan attacks that process of change that God wants to see in us. Here in Romans 12, we are encouraged to be changed by the renewing of our minds. Are you comfortable with your thoughts? In the area of your thinking, is there a need for you to seek God's help in renewing your mind?
For some, even the concept of offering our bodies as living sacrifices necessitates change or transformation. God calls it a spiritual act of worship. As you contemplate the idea of worship, think of ways you can offer your body to him as a living sacrifice.
The transformed life, Paul says, will be able to stand the test and approve what God's will is. In a time when we have so much difficulty discerning God's will for us, the result of the transformed life is that it will know his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Another passage advises us, "This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it" Psalm 118:24. It is only the life that has been transformed and experiencing God's good, pleasing and perfect will, that will be rejoicing in each day he gives us.