Have you ever thought about the difference of being conformed vs transformed? You can conform a square peg to fit into a round hole by cutting down the corners and forcing it in. If you transformed it into a round peg by completely re-making it, that would be a whole different experience. The conforming process forces something to be other than it was designed to be. The transforming process makes it something entirely new. The conforming process results in compromise and corruption of the original. The transforming process results in a new creation. A bonsai tree is the result of conformity; continuous tiny cuts and confining the roots to a tiny container, until you stunt the tree growth and force it to stay small. A giant Sequoia tree is the reslult of transformation . . . a tiny little seed transforms into a gigantic wonder.
I want to be transformed, not conformed.
Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God – what is good and well-pleasing and perfect.
– Romans 12:2 NET http://bible.com/107/rom.12.2.NET