Colossians 3:10 says, “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.”
Since I love words and what they mean, how they are formed, and where they come from; I thought I’d look at words, their meaning, and the power they have. In this first part of the series, I’ll look at the word transformation—something I’ve been dealing with and thought you might receive something from it as well.
To truly understand the word transformation; it has to be seen by looking at its meaning parts. If you are unaware of this term, meaning parts, it simply means that each syllable has a meaning that then gives you the definition of the word.
So here we go, the trans part of the word transformation is a prefix. Prefixes usually mean that something is fixed or settled, or even appoint, and still could mean beforehand; however, the prefix trans, has Latin origins, and means to move across. So right now, I see that I’m moving, doing something.
Ok, now, then there is the root word—root words carry the meaning of the word itself; therefore, the root word form simply means to shape. When understanding how words are formed, spelled, we have to know about connectors. Usually, connectors are vowels think of them as the plus (+) sign in math like 1 + 1 = 2. These connectors don’t have meaning; they are only a part of the word because it’s a spelling rule. Typical connectors are i and o. But unlike i and o, the connector A has meaning in the English language. It means the beginning, for example, the word Alpha means the beginning another name for God.
Lastly, the ending of the word transformation, tion (pronounce shun) means that there is action, something is happening here, and will continue to happen. So looking at the meaning parts, the word transformation is a bit of an oxymoron because to transform you have to be settled into one place or point, and still have continuous motion while taking shape. How can a person keep moving while they’re standing still? It’s like growing through life, once we reach a certain age we stop growing physically, but our minds or personal development continues to grow that’s the meaning of transformation.
For me, this is a spiritual journey, so I’d like to look at each part of this Latin word transformation as it breaks down the way God uses the meaning parts. The prefix trans is God carrying you across yourself to form the roots, fundamental and essential parts, in you that He needs to work through you. He took you back to A beginning by water baptism and then He caused you to have continuous action by shunning or shining His life through you.
So, what is transformation? By understanding the meaning parts of the word transformation, I can now answer this question by saying “that’s me—I am transformation.” The power of that word when understanding it should cause you to think “God loves me this much that He’s transforming me into what he predestined me to be.
By my beginning actions, you know the beginning of Salvation; much like it says in Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” By putting on the new man as it says in Colossians 3:10, I was taken across who I was. Being transparent, the old Stephanie, the one who used to fear the future while holding on to the past was moved into who I have become today; the person who God is now using to plant the power of words into your life, the one God has expanded to not only face life on my own as a divorcée, but to take on the challenges of being a single—to step out of the boat as Peter did, and know that I cannot fail. I will not drown because my eyes are on Jesus.
I have also been taken across into the one I will become; the woman of God, who knows that the Hand of God is always waiting to rescue me. To pull me up when I feel like the ground is shifting under my feet, and trying to take me under. When I feel the enemy has a hold of my legs, and I can’t move; all I need, all we need, to do is to remember we are TRANSFORMATION! The Lord has transformed us to not only who we have become, but to the determined, steadfast, abiding in the Lord believers we are to become.
Remember the scripture, Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” I challenge you today, to find a power word that will give you a reason to read your Word daily while you’re renewing your mind, and watch the miracle of transformation take place in your life do it until you say to yourself and about yourself “I am transformation!”