Romans 12:1-2 gives a profound description of what means to become and live as a Christian. 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. 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.

A word that stands out is “transformed.” Transformation is a very dramatic description of the change that takes place in the life of one becoming a Christian. We get the English word metamorphosis from the Greek that is translated “transformed.” Metamorphosis is the word one would use to describe a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. It is a radical, complete change. It is the change one makes in becoming Christian, but it also speaks of how one should live on a daily basis, a transformed life.

Mel Lawrenz explains how this metamorphosis or transformation is a part of every ceremony of church life:

Take ceremonial events of church life as opportunities to focus on the prospect and promise of transformation. The Lord’s Supper is a moment where the spotlight is on death, sacrifice, and the consequential giving of life. Baptism depicts the transformation from death and burial to life. Funerals for believers provide clear opportunities to draw out the unique hope for a metamorphosis to a higher state of being. Only at a Christian wedding ceremony can the pastor charge the bride and groom to set their sights on the ongoing process of transformation, their only hope for marital success and satisfaction. (The Dynamics of Spiritual Formation, p. 151)

Dr. Wayne Shaw (R-Grove) has been a member of the Oklahoma Senate since 2014. Prior to that he served as the senior pastor at First Christian Church, Grove, for many years.