Through old photos and videos we can see the physical transformation of our bodies. It is much harder to see and understand the transformation of our spiritual condition. Was I really that naïve, sinful and stubborn? Do I still revert to those old habits from time to time? Do I still have rough edges that confirm I need more spiritual growth? Of course! The apostle Paul supports this truth in Romans 7:15, 23.

Just as the infant grows physically, our new self should continually grow from one level to another, from milk to meat (Col 1:19) (Col 2:19) (2 Th 1: 3) (Heb 5:12-14). This truth is stressed by nearly every New Testament book from Matthew through Revelation.

One of the most salient quotes I’ve read lately is by David McCasland in “Our Daily Bread.” He states, “As the Holy Spirit moves from our minds to our hearts, then to our hands and feet—taking us beyond education to transformation.” To the extent we are following this pattern we are fulfilling the command in Romans 12:2 to renew our mind.

One of our brothers in Christ had a favorite quote, “Get your head in the Book, and the Book in your head.” Perhaps we might think of our minds as a funnel through which we fill full our hearts and actions with the transforming words of the Holy Spirit.

Our “spiritual” body is being transformed day by day by the power of the Holy Spirit (Eph 3:16) if we are yielding our will to Him. The Lord Jesus Christ will transform our lowly physical body so that it will be like His glorious body (Php 3:21) (1 Cor 15:44, 46). We cannot avoid the fact of our physical transformation if we glance in the mirror. If we are totally honest, we can also see the transformation or lack of it in the spiritual mirror of the scriptures.

—Jim Bailey