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    Transformed or Tweaked?

    Eddie Cabrera
    Eddie Cabrera
    Eddie Cabrera serves as the pastor of Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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    Most of us are familiar with the term “tweak.” Just in case you are not, it refers to a small or minor adjustment. It could refer to an auto mechanic giving a slight adjustment to your car engine to make it run smoother. I think you get the idea.

    From my observation of people, including myself, we don’t seem too bothered by a little tweak to our lives here or there. It could be another 5 mg to a medication or it could be a change in an appointment. That doesn’t bother us too badly. Even in our religious life, we have had to make some adjustments in the last few months because of COVID-19. You may even like a change, like not getting up on Sunday/Sabbath morning to go to church.

    Tweaking you can deal with, but did you know that God doesn’t use that word when it comes to your experience with Him? All the ways the Bible writers express this thought can be summed up with one word—transformed. Right away, you sense there’s a big difference between being transformed and tweaked. To be transformed is a far greater change than to make minor adjustments in life.

    The Apostle Paul wrote that there is a need to be, “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). That gets our attention quick. It gets our attention when the doctor tells us we need to make some big changes in our lifestyle, doesn’t it? What about our spouse telling us that we need to make big changes in our spending habits? Well, the Apostle had something far greater than that in mind. When he wrote about being transformed, he followed that up with, “by the renewing of your mind.”

    What? Here’s where it gets interesting. Paul used a word that we get the English word “metamorphosis” from. When a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly we call that a metamorphosis. It’s that radical, and it’s that miraculous!

    We need that? Apparently so. It is a renewing of our minds. Everything starts right there. Most of us are aware of the unsettled nature of our world and our own society. It needs more than a tweak. It needs a renewal. But that renewal is something that starts deep down inside, in our minds, in the control center of our being. I sense a need for that and the miracle that transforms a person’s life. Don’t settle for a tweak here and there. Consider the real change God can bring to all our lives.

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