“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Anyone who has known me for five minutes can probably tell that I am a non-conformist with a serious problem with authority.
I don’t trust the government. I don’t trust my employer. I didn’t even trust my own parents until I was about 30 years old.
I do not like being told what to do, especially without an excellent explanation for why I should do it.
Church is no exception. My Christian friends and pastors throughout the years will tell you that I don’t often conform to the norms or preferences of my church unless they are in direct line with the Bible.
We live in a conformist society. The desire to be well liked far exceeds the desire to be correct. Most people, including most Christians, conform to the powers of this world. As I mentioned before, some even try to use Scripture like Romans 13:1-2 to justify conformity.
But the verse above, Romans 12:2, instructs us to not be conformists, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of our minds.
When we are saved, we become a “new man.” We should not only have a new living spirit, but our very way of thinking should be different.
We are not to conform to this world, but conform to the Book. By doing so, we will be transformed.
Consider your interests, your thoughts, and how you deal with various situations that have also come up in the past – do you think and react differently? Has your mind been renewed?
Have you been transformed?