One of my most impacting verses…
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform 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. Romans 12:1-2 NIV
I’ve prayed in these verses for years and still love how they challenge me. I kind of liked my mind before and was learning to conform well. But oh what wonderful things happen when you give up what you are comfortable with or what seems good to get God’s much better perspective!
Renewing is a continual process – not a once and done thing. And transformed – means a dramatic change in form, appearance or character. When I first “came to Jesus” my life still looked pretty conformed to the rest of the world. Now is a different kind of messy that is definitely dramatically different!!
The first circle encaustic painting (wax w/oil pigment) was later melted and transformed.
What does this speak to you today?
To me it says – “Don’t settle for a pretty puddle when God wants to give you wings!”
2 thoughts on “conform or transform”
Judi, what your beautiful art says to me today is, once we are transformed into the beautiful butterfly God wants us to be, we can never be that primal ooze again. A butterfly can never return to being a larva ever. Your art is a perfect example of what transformation is all about. Thanks for sharing. You know how much I admire your art.
A great way of putting that Steven. God doesn’t want us staying the same. Appreciate your sharing of my creativity speaks to you.