I’m not an expert, so please bear that in mind.
Stem Cell Transplants
Leukemia is a cancer of the bone marrow, where the blood cells are made. One treatment is to have a bone marrow transplant. The first step is to undergo a heavy course of chemotherapy, destroying the cancerous bone marrow, blood cells, and the immune system.
Then, the patient is given a bone marrow transplant with new stem cells. If successful, the new bone marrow will produce healthy blood cells and restore the immune system. Even the patient’s blood type changes.
It’s a process of transformation. The cancerous bone marrow is destroyed so healthy bone marrow can live, producing healthy blood cells. It’s almost miraculous.
The Power of Transformation
Paul wrote, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2
Spiritual transformation is triggered by the renewing of the mind. As if to say, “If you want changed behavior, then first change your mind, if you want to be different, then get a different mind.”
- Diseased bone marrow-The ravages of sin
- Chemo kills the blood cells-The blood of Jesus gives new life
- Leukemia destroys the immune system-The Holy Spirit revives us
- What destroys must be destroyed-He who died makes new creations
A Renewed Mind?
It’s becoming holy in our thoughts, speech, and behavior. It’s the remodeling of that which was sinful and selfish into that which is holy and divinely beautiful.
The Holy Spirit is the architect of renewal. He will help you every day and in any moment. The Spirit offers renewal, if we allow it, if we seek it.
To Close, Simply
We can be changed, we can be transformed into the very image of Christ.