"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
This verse has been on my heart a lot these days. I'm not exactly sure why God's been giving this part of the chapter to me lately, but it's been getting me to thinking. As Christians, we are supposed to be non-conformists. This doesn't just mean that by calling ourselves Christians that we are not conforming. No, living this verse is so much more than that.
Think about everything that happens in your life on a daily basis. What consumes your mind? Are you more focused on hanging out with your friends, making sure your car is the one that everyone envies, which person likes whom, musicians, movies, or celebrities than on what is pleasing to God? Do you choose to become so consumed in your life that you don't even realize when you are grieving the Lord? Are you willing to throw your morals out the window to fit in to a group of people?
Sadly, this is true for many people that call themselves Christians. They become so obsessed with their lives, money, social standing, and posessions that they take their eyes off of the Lord. It reminds me of a song by Sanctus Real, called "Things Like You":
Everyone wants everyone else's eveything. Sometimes the more we have the
less we really gain. I'm tired of life and all that money has to buy. Get
out of my heart, out of my mind, leaving you behind.
Again, I'm not trying to judge here; I'm just voicing what's been on my heart and mind lately. I feel that, as Christians, we should be standing up more and more for our faith and pointing others towards Jesus. We can't show His love to people if we're acting exactly the way the world does. Think about it... as Paul said in verse 2 of Romans chapter 12, we are not to conform to the pattern of the world. We must be IN the world, but not OF it.
So there's some food for thought.