Focus: Explaining the words Conformed
and Transformed from Romans 12:2. To illustrate the two words you will need a lump of clay and a
Read Romans 12:2, And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that
you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Ask children if they know what it means to be conformed and transformed?
As you explain the word, conformed, repeat the verse, ". . . be not
conformed . . . ,"
which means we are not to be shaped by the world around us. (Begin pressing the clay, making it "conform" to the pressure of your hands.)
We can be negatively conformed—changed by the world in the
wrong ways—sometimes by the friends we choose, the
shows we watch, or by what we listen to or read. In fact,
if we don't stay close to Jesus, then it is likely that we'll be conformed
or shaped by the world in the wrong ways.
(Take out the Transformer car toy and ask children to describe it. Now rearrange the parts so that it is
"transformed" into the new object.)
Now what is it? The toy was changed into something new—it was
"transformed" into a new creature!
The Bible says when we trust in Jesus as our Savior and Forever Friend, we too
changed into new people; God rearranges our hearts and minds. And as we read and
study God's Word, we grow in our faith, and become more and more like Jesus in
the way we think, behave and treat others. We are conformed into the
likeness of Jesus. And this is pleasing to God!