Month: March 2019

Good, Pleasing, and Perfect

Romans 12:2
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.


We are called to be changed. When the gospel is proclaimed, repentance is required. We take outward action to live out our faith in Jesus and we decide to change our thinking.

Conforming is the subtle process of the world influencing our lives. It isn’t necessarily dramatic or overnight, but it is a gradual erosion that causes us to lower our standards. When we lower our standards, we look to anything other than Jesus to fill the holes in our soul and we are moving away from the abundant life God has in store for us on this earth.

Transformation is the process of a life changed in mind, action, and eternity in and through the power of the Holy Spirit. The longest distance between our heart and head is connected in and through a process of daily choices to be renewed and transformed in Jesus, through Jesus, and for Jesus.

We are invited and encouraged to experience the transformation by making new decisions and cleaning out the garbage and lies in our head that are based on our limited understanding and knowledge. He takes ashes and turns them into beautiful things. Praise Jesus, it was never His plan for us to stay as we are. He has a bigger plan and purpose for our lives.

Transformation is metamorphosis much like the process of how a caterpillar is changed into a butterfly. Caterpillars cannot fly, but they were born to fly. How does that happen? Metamorphosis. When the caterpillar has been changed into a butterfly, it becomes what God always intended it to be.

Metamorphosis reveals the essential character of whatever was put there by God way back in the beginning. We cannot be changed, renewed, or restored simply by our own will power. Transformation is dependent on the leadership of the Holy Spirit and provision of God’s grace, but it is also founded on intentional effort on our part.

An intentional step in the right direction (God’s direction) is always the next right thing when it aligns with God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will.

19-Devo-3.1Prayer: Father God, thank You that You give me a new day full of new grace and that I can choose to be renewed and transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit. Thanks that You have so much more for me that I have yet to see or experience, but that Your will is good, pleasing, and perfect. Help me to surrender my willpower and strength and to be more intentional with Your help. In Jesus’ name, Amen.