Romans 12:2 in the New King James Version says, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
That word “transformed” denotes a change that begins on the INSIDE FIRST and then shows up on the OUTSIDE. We tend to attempt to change the outside without even feeding the inside…which is our spirit. Trust me, THAT WILL NOT WORK! Read verses 1 and 2 in The Message Bible….
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Romans 12:1-2 MSG)
I found an old message of mine that may help you initiate this “inside-out” transformation. It’s called, THE LOST ART OF LISTENING. As I watched it, I think it is more relevant today than it was when I first preached it. I pray you will make time to watch it. It is life-changing for sure. Let me know what you think!
Pastor Kevin Kinchen