The Gaze That Transforms

When I think about the word ‘transform’ my mind goes to Romans 12:2. It says, “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Encapsulated, the verse was emphasizing mind renewal through the truth of God’s word. Then our thoughts, words, and actions will be living proof of our conformity to His will.

Transformed~metamorphosis. 

I love to think about how the crawling caterpillar eats leaves. It is all it knows. Until metamorphosis~then a butterfly that flits from flower to flower. Leaves are nowhere in its mind. It delightfully drinks rich nectar. 

When we renew our mind with truth, our old thought patterns metamorphosis. They die to give way to life-giving thoughts. I used to dwell in negative thinking about myself. I renewed my mind through verses like Psalm 119:73 and Jeremiah 1:5. I daily rejoice in God’s creative ingenuity of how He made me.

Adam was formed out of the dust of the ground. When God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life~metamorphosis. Adam became a fully functioning man. He creatively named all the animals. Think about it~ the zebra, gorilla, starfish, and butterfly all received their names as soon as they were presented to him.

As we gaze upon the Lord of glory, our innermost being is transformed. We no longer think as we did. The veil from lies is stripped away. We behold Him through a new spiritual lens. Joshua lingered. Let us linger until we see ourselves as He sees us~redeemed from the cocoon of our negative past thoughts.

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