We all want transformation, but do we really want to go through the continual process of change that will mean? Our transformation process has been likened to the metamorphosis of the caterpillar to the butterfly. The caterpillar goes into the chrysalis and 10 to 14 days later a butterfly emerges.

This is where the analogy breaks down for us. Our transformation will have a definite beginning, but it will be ongoing. We must be in a process of continual growth and change. We are always arriving, but we will never arrive until the day we are called home.

Most of us, though, think we have arrived when we have met a goal. This is very true of those who want to lose weight. We set a goal to lose 25 pounds and think we have arrived when we meet that goal. I know from experience this is never true. If we haven’t learned how to change our behaviors along the way, those 25 pounds will find a way to creep back up on us and bring a few friends with them.

Transformation is an ongoing process. It takes commitment from the beginning through progressive changes we know won’t be quick but will be lasting. To transform, the first thing we must do is work on the inside. We have to begin to identify the core issues we have which are holding us back from wanting to change. Transformation will not happen without some major changes in our lives.

From the Inside Out

Paul tells us how to transform in Romans 12:2 MSG. “Fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it.”

With weight loss, when we go on yet another diet, hoping it will magically fix us, we are focusing on the wrong thing. We are trying to change the outside of us assuming we are just fine on the inside. I want to tell you from experience that is not true.

We have a lot of work to do to understand why we are doing what we are doing in the first place. We have to know what God wants for us in order to be transformed to His image. The only way to do that is to focus on Him and not on us. We must allow Him to renew our minds.

Romans 12:1-2 AMP tells us how to do that. It’s not easy, but it is a necessary part of transformation. “Present your bodies, dedicating all of yourselves, set apart as a living sacrifice, holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational, logical, intelligent act of worship.

“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.”

Five Steps To Transformation

In these scriptures, I see five initial steps we must take if we really want to be changed and really want to undergo the difficult process of transformation. There’s no doubt about it. It is an ongoing process.

  1. Submit your body, mind and soul to God. If there is any part you are holding back just for yourself transformation won’t happen until you give that to Him.
  2. Understand that submitting to God is a different kind of worship. It’s rational, intelligent and logical. You don’t tell Him what to do. He speaks, you listen and follow.
  3. When you submit to God, you must stop following what the world and people around you tell you to do. You must start following God.
  4. You make it a priority to allow God to bring you into spiritual maturity by renewing your mind. Spend time with God to help you understand what He wants. Then you can be progressively changed which can’t help but result in transformation.
  5. The end result of transformation is that you will know beyond a shadow of a doubt what God’s will, plan and purpose is for you.

Transformation Is Messy

The transformation journey is difficult, but it is also rewarding. It’s messy. In the chrysalis everything caterpillar melts and provides the energy for the butterfly to be developed. The caterpillar held the original design for the butterfly in its cells all this time. But in order for the butterfly to emerge, the caterpillar had to surrender to the process of extreme transformation.

Even though it took much longer, the process of what the caterpillar has to go through to become a butterfly is a lot like what it was for me to lose 250 pounds  It was an extreme transformation. It was hard and messy. It took a lot of energy, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.

I had a lot of lies I believed. Those were formed when I was young and impressionable. As I submitted to the transformation process, God began revealing those to me one by one. I had allowed them to build into strongholds that were keeping me from going forward.

On some level, I felt these lies helped me because they gave me excuses as to why I couldn’t go forward. Lies like I can’t lose weight, I have no value, even God can’t help me and so many more. God wanted to break these strongholds so I could move forward into the destiny He had for me, but I had to want them broken.

Going Deeper

I had to allow God to do the deep work in me to utterly destroy the lies I believed and replace them with His truth. I had to understand that even after I lost the weight, I wasn’t done with transformation. It is an ongoing process where I must stay in constant contact with my God.

My new course Breaking Strongholds will address this and more. It will be released in my Overcomers Academy starting Sept. 24, 2020.  In the group, I will be able to personally answer your questions as I walk you through identifying and breaking the strongholds holding you back.

For more on transformation, listen to podcast episode 44, Transformation Island. Go here.

Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

She also offers Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy and VIP one-on-one coaching program, both available under the weight loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab on her website. Also check out her blog and Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast under the tabs by those names.