DayBreaks for 2/11/16: What Our Conformance Means
From the DayBreaks archive, February 2006:
Romans 12:2 (NIV) – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will”
Fashionable. “With it.” Contemporary. Modern. We’ve got all kinds of names for being like the rest of the world, don’t we? And you know what? They all sound good, don’t they? I mean, would you rather be called unfashionable, “Out of it,” outdated? We would generally think that those things are not very positive or flattering.
And we so want to think of ourselves as being “with it”, or if I can use some old fashioned language, “Cool!” We would be hurt and perhaps even feel insulted of someone said we weren’t fashionable. That’s really too bad.
Our society is status-driven, and conformance to what society thinks is good is often in order to gain status or prestige. Sometimes it is to try to curry favor in such a way that we will gain some advantages in business or school or in a dating relationship. I can’t think of a single thing in our culture that elevates the things of God over the things of man. Why? Because the kingdom of God is at war, at very serious odds, with the kingdom of our culture. You see, our culture is sick. It’s twisted, perverted and I believe it stinks in the nostrils of Almighty God.
And yet…we still go on trying to conform to this world. But what does that mean? If we are trying to conform to a sick culture, we are inviting sickness into our very souls, we are choosing sickness instead of the health that God wants to give us.
What will you choose today? His healing and health, or will you continue to choose sickness and embrace it to your bosom?
TODAY’S PRAYER: Father, please change our hearts. Give us the wisdom to see that there is a way that leads to life, and a way that leads to sickness and death. By the power of Your Spirit, please give us the wisdom to choose life, even as Joshua challenged Israel to choose life so long ago. Help us to care much more about how You think about us, not how the world things about us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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