FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9: Today we will look at Romans 12:2, which reads, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”  

To understand this passage we need to understand Jell-O.

I remember as a child, as many of you may, when my mother would make Jell-O with fruit cocktail. Boy, that’s a blast from the past.

I remember my mother stirring the contents of the Jell-O powder with water on the stove. This hot concoction, which smelled like hot Kool-Aid, was then placed in a bowl and then the can of fruit was added.

It then went in the fridge and we had to exercise patience until it changed from a liquid to a gelatin state. Then it made a nice dessert especially if you dressed it up with some cool whip from the freezer.

What I remember about Jell-O is that whatever the shape of the mould was then that was the form the Jell-O would take.  

This is exactly what the God means when he says not to conform any longer to the ‘pattern’ of this world.

This word ‘pattern’ in the original language means ‘mould’. It means to stop allowing your circumstances and any negative people mould your thinking and therefore how you live your life.  

By the ‘world’ he means the world system that is full of evil and corruption. All we have to do is watch the evening news or pick up a newspaper to discover that the world possesses some outstanding problems.  

Well, Paul says not to allow yourself to become like the mould of the world any longer. Enough is enough!  

In other words, as a child of God do not be like Jell-O in the world’s bowl, breakout and be the person who God wants you to be and experience the abundant life. 

Now, notice God never tells you to stop doing something without telling you to do something else.  

Instead, He says that we should be transformed by the renewing of our mind.  

Transformed is one of the most powerful words in the original language of the New Testament (Greek). In fact it is where we get our word ‘metamorphosis’ from. It describes a process rather than a single event.

As a caterpillar is ‘transformed’ into a butterfly is the picture that God wants to see happen to your mind. This takes place when we allow the Holy Spirit to bring about application to God’s Word our minds.  

What a contrast between a caterpillar and a butterfly! The caterpillar is limited and can only crawl on lower plains, but the butterfly is free to move and can fly in the sky. 

These two creatures see things from two completely different angles. 

The same is true for those who decide to stop being influenced by the world and start soaring with God. 

When your mind starts thinking right, then your behaviour will follow. Always remember that God’s solution to change is from inside-out, rather than the outside-in.  

Change from the outside-in usually results in actions from pressure and guilt that is usually short-lived, but change from the inside-out is generated by God’s love and acceptance and will stand the test of time.

Then you will live the transformed life by internal principles rather than external pressures. 

Break the mould of the world and live according to God’s purposes in your life. If you
do, you will leave the caterpillars behind as you stop ‘crawling’   and start ‘flying’. 

Pastor Gary Simons serves as the Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Bible Fellowship.  Sunday services are located at CedarBridge Academy at 10am.