Conformed versus Transformed

It’s so exciting when God speaks to me through His word. He can speak to you as well! I’m still in Genesis and following J. Vernon McGee’s book “Thru the Bible”. Reading Genesis 24 today about Abraham’s servant going to find Isaac (Abraham’s son) a wife. The word “transforms” popped off the page! Why?

My husband and I have been doing the “Transformed” Bible study by Rick Warren for about a month now. Then, I’m meeting with a friend for Bible study once a week and we started this book last week that talks about being transformed. It’s all over the place!

But what is transformation? Here’s what the Transformed book says about it:

“What is the difference between ‘conforming’ and ‘transforming’? According to the dictionary, to conform means to ‘make or become the same’ or ‘to behave in a conventional way by accepting without questions the customs, traditions, and prevailing opinions of others.’ In other words, to conform is to fit into somebody else’s mold; it’s to do things the way everybody else does.

On the other hand, to transform means to ‘change the condition, function, nature, character or personality’ of something.

CONFORMING has to do with BEHAVIOR.

TRANSFORMING has to do with CHARACTER.

CONFORMING is FROM THE OUTSIDE IN.

TRANSFORMING is FROM THE INSIDE OUT.

Conforming is something we do to ourselves. Transforming is something God does to us.

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