The past few weeks I have been pondering this verse in Scripture:
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. (Romans 12:2 )
As I look around me, sometimes I am overwhelmed when I talk to individuals that genuinely love the Lord, quote scripture, and go to church, but they participate in activities and speak in a manner that contradicts God’s Word and His Truth. We are all sinners and fall short. (Romans 3:23) We all make mistakes. We all struggle in our walk at times. I am talking about something totally different in nature.
I am talking about when I encounter a person that I will have a lengthy conversation about God, especially when they find out I am a minister’s wife. Then, in the same breathe they will say a curse word without thinking anything about it. I just see some of us falling into the world more and more. We are getting dragged deeper and deeper.
We are falling into the pattern of the world and not being transformed by the renewal of our mind in His Word. Compartmentalized Christianity is what I am fearing that believers are falling more and more prey to in this world. Putting on our Sunday and Wednesday hats when it is convenient for us.
I am going to watch what I want to, I am going to say what I want to, I am going to go where I want to, I am going to live how I want to…….No, No, that is not what His Word teaches us when we become his children. It a DIFFERENT LIFE! DIFFERENT-BETTER-RICHER-PURPOSEFUL LIFE.
So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe. (Philippians 2:15)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
But that is not the way you learned Christ!-assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through the deceitful desires, (Ephesians 4:20-22)
Have we been transformed by Him that allowed his Son to die for our sins? Have put off our old self? Are family member, friends, and neighbors seeing us acting like “aliens” and “strangers” (1 Peter 2:11) Do they see we are different because we are His children?
I am talking to myself as well. I pray that I am that “alien” and “stranger” scripture clearly speaks of being. I am convicted that if we don’t start acting like “aliens” in this world that we are going to blend in, and then, as Christians, how we are going to bring a non-believing neighbor, co-worker, loved one on this amazing journey of faith if we aren’t living a life all about Him.
Transparency is the key to showing and living our faith. Talking about our relationship with God to our neighbors, to our co-workers, to our unbelieving family members, and friends should be common place. I am not talking about cramming it down their throats so speak. I am speaking of sharing how God is moving and working in your life as a Christian. How has He made your life better, more complete?
Kevin and I have a dear friend that has asked his waiter if there is anything he may pray for him or her about before the meal. Wow! What a powerful way to be an “alien!” For me personally, the loss of my mom, has provided many opportunities for me share with others how God worked in me and through me during one of the most heart-breaking periods of my life.
As Christians, we have to live and breathe that life. We can’t separate it from other aspects of our lives. We can’t conform to this world. We can’t! Think of Jesus….just take some time this week and read the Gospel accounts. In the King James version of Luke 2:49, when Mary and Joseph were looking for young Jesus, he says, “……How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” Does that apply to us in 2013? We must be about our Father’s business as his children.
Our challenge every day of our lives is to be about His business. Live fearlessly for Jesus. Be “aliens” and “strangers.” Our faith is not something is be hidden. We are not meant to “blend in.”
“Do not conform…..but be transformed….” Romans 12:2