Word Makes Life
“. . . be transformed . . .” Romans 12:2
Every one of us is in one of two categories. Either we are conformers or transformers. At this very minute we are either trying to figure out what others are doing and saying so we can fit in with everybody else, or we are saying I don’t care what the world is doing, I’m not going to be squeezed into its mold. The distinction between the two is unmistakable.
We can be a thermometer always adjusting to the temperature of the culture, or we can be a thermostat, where we are changing the climate of the culture. Life as a thermometer will be frustrating. By the time you figure out what’s hot, by the time you change your look, buy the car and redo the house, the world will have moved on, leaving you out of style.
A thermostat always transforms an environment. Interestingly, the word transformed used here in verse two is only used two other times in the New Testament – one to describe what happened to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration, and once to describe what happens to us when we see the Lord.
In short, life originates in the Word. The Word makes life. There is no Word of God that God does not intend for us to live by. All His Words are capable of being incarnated because all words originate in the Word made flesh. Every Word of God revealed and read in the Bible is there to be conceived and born in us.
We read His Word, or hear it spoken. The Word bangs against a membrane, activates tiny acoustical gears that drive sound into our brain, at which point we repent of our sins, or believe in Jesus, or love the unlovable, or care for the sick and hurting. God’s Word changes us, we are given the capacity to be and do things we never believed ourselves could be and do.
The Word becomes flesh, it’s “Christ in me.” His Word becomes personable, touchable and relatable. We are made receptive, obedient and infused with His life. We are transformed.
Are you a thermometer or a thermostat?