Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1,2

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)

Paul is dealing with the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. He starts with the negative — “Do not be conformed to this world.” What he says is concise and to the point — Christians are to be different from the mold of this world. We are given clear instructions — “Do not love the world or anything int he world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (I John 2:15).

Christianity is counter-cultural. The great danger for Christians is that we are subject to be conformed to the culture of this world rather than having a spiritual impact on the world. We need to reverse this by being the ones who are doing the impacting.

We must be aware of the tremendous pressure to conform to the world. We face it everyday. We want to be accepted by others so much so that we can easily convince ourselves to conform to their lifestyles and values. Yet, God has called us to a different kind of life — a life of holiness. He tells us that we are not to be conformed to the pattern of this world.

We are dealing with sanctification here. Part of sanctification is our willingness to die more and more to self, so that we can live more and more for Christ. The key to avoiding being conformed to the world is found in the positive admonition that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. We will look at the positive tomorrow.

Lord God, I know that this world has too much influence on me. I often want what it has to offer — pleasure, possessions and position. I face the battle everyday. Grant me grace to resist the temptations of the world so that I will not be conformed to its pattern.


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