Do not conform 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. Romans 12:2
One of the most common thoughts that the media wants people to believe is for people to conform. The world wants everyone to be alike, so that no one is left out. The world also wants everyone to accept everyone just as they are and never to expect change.
The mindset of the world is that with unity there will be peace. Everyone can live as each one desires.
After showing how God grafted any who believe into His family, Paul points out what to do with that information. He says to not conform to the ways of this world, but be transformed in the mind to know God’s will.
Every believer was in the world at one point in his life. He lived and thought as the world did, living in and promoting sin. At some point every believer has chosen to become a believer in Jesus and accept what He did for him.
It is at this point that the believer must begin to change his ways and thoughts. Many in the church have not taken this step and have stayed in the world, while claiming to believe in Jesus. They continue to purposefully live in sinful ways, refusing to change.
These actions are due to their refuse to transform their thinking to the ways of God. They want to hold on to the past sin, rather than give it up.
Every believer needs to allow God to transform his mind, changing his ways and thinking. Doing this gives the believer strength to live for God and to turn away from sin. It breaks the desire to sin.
Each and every day you have choices to make as to whether you will live for God or live for this world. If you allow the world to influence you and control your thinking, you will live for the world, rejecting what Jesus has done for you.
Choose to live for God. Fill your mind with God’s word and His ways of thinking, acting and speaking. Allow God to transform you into a new creation, giving up the past sins and sinful ways of thinking and acting. Do what God has called you to do and be.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow God to change your mind; that you will turn from the world towards God; that you will know God’s will for your life; and that you will live your life for God.
Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Romans 7:25
No one likes to be considered a slave. Everyone loves his freedom, freedom to be himself, think his own way and do his own things.
Yet, most people are bound to others in some form of slavery. The worker binds himself to the employer. The citizen binds himself to his government and all governmental authorities. Each one has to obey someone else or suffer consequences.
Paul realizes that he is delivered from the law of sin by Jesus Christ, but also recognizes that he is a slave to God’s law and to the law of sin.
Once a person becomes a believer, he suddenly comes into a major conflict in his life. He knows that he wants to obey God’s laws and live according to God’s ways, but at the same time he continues to follow sinful ways and habits.
Too many believers throw out God’s law, seeing it as legalism and holding onto grace alone. Living like this, they allow themselves to continue to be a slave to sin and continue to live in sinful ways, believing God will have grace upon them.
Living in this way, does not show one is striving to live for God. He is not allowing Jesus to deliver him from the slavery of sin, but remains in bondage.
Jesus has provided a way to turn away from sin. He removed the chains of sin upon the lives of a believer, setting him free. The sinful nature will still desire to turn back to sin, but the heart and mind will strive to live for God out of gratefulness of what Jesus has done. You may find yourself struggling with some sin.
Turn your focus upon Jesus and what He has done for you. Allow yourself to be a slave to God’s ways of living, rather than to the sinful ways of this world.
Do not try to live for God on your own, but be filled with His Holy Spirit to guide and strengthen you. By His Holy Spirit you can be changed from the inside out, becoming a slave to His righteousness and not to sin.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a slave to God’s laws; that God will strengthen you to turn from all sin; that God will break the bondage of sinful habits in your life; and that you will live a holy life unto God.