“Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
Greetings fellow sojourners!
My friends and I have discussed numerous times the importance of being transformed by the renewing of our mind but what about the significance of the beginning portion of this verse? It states we ought not to be conformed any longer to the pattern of this world. Consider the world as an indoctrination of procedures concerning thoughts and beliefs that contradict God and his Word. John Stott calls such conforming, “cultural bondage.” It includes how people view success, beauty, family, riches, power, and life in general.
The world’s indoctrinating procedural goal is to conform everyone to the same image/same thinking and draw people away from following God. Christianity becomes a problem in a world that educates in pluralism and relativism because Christianity teaches absolutes. What you consider reality, because of the way you choose to live, will be a true test of your salvation. First John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.”
So how does a Christ follower maintain the victory? By daily battling. Our mind is transformed by continually reflecting on and practicing Scripture, disciplining ourselves in godliness (1 Timothy 4:7), walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16), relying on God’s power (2 Corinthians 12:9, Ephesians 1:19-20), as well as putting on His armor (Ephesians 6:10-18).
There should be an obvious, continual decrease of sin in our life. The Spirit continually works to convict us of sin and helps us hate it so that we become overcomers. As a Christian, we are expected to continually put sin to death in our lives. I urge you to fully comprehend how the same power that resurrected Christ from the dead is what is at work in you and what will resurrect you from the deadness found in your sin. Thank you, Lord, for allowing Your power to be at work in me when I choose to yield completely to You. It will be by Your power and my obedient yielding that will allow me to walk in white clothes with You as the victor (Revelation 3:4-5).
In His grace,