Change vs. Transformation. Is there a difference? Don’t these two words mean the same thing? The words change & transformation have very similar meanings, but I believe there are very key differences. My understanding of the word change is that it means to make something different. We can change our behavior. We can change our clothes. We can change our appearance. Change happens on the outside. On the other hand, transformation is deeper. Transformation happens on the inside. Transformation is heart work, while change is head work.
Neither change nor transformation is easy. As humans, we like the familiar. We like it when life and people stay the same. We like it when we can predict what will happen or how someone will interact with us. My profession as a therapist means that I am a change agent. I help others make changes in their lives on multiple levels. These multiple levels include mental, emotional, or spiritual. Transformation is a deeper work. One dictionary definition of transformation is: “change in form, appearance, nature, or character.”
Transformation happens in relationship. The primary relationship where transformation takes place is between Jesus and us as human beings. Paul talks about this kind of transformation in Romans 12:2 – “And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].” Transformations helps us to see God’s plan for us more clearly. Our minds, thoughts, and emotions become clear when we surrender them to God’s control.
What changes do you need to make in your life? Are you ready to go beyond change to transformation? Will you allow God to transform you?