Romans 12:2 – 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. (NIV 1984)
My Musing – I think maybe we have all been where Arlo is. I know I have. Of course, my wife would argue the point and probably say I never read the instructions anyway. Well, that’s another blog for another time.
It is all so easy for us to conform to the instructions or pattern of the world. But Christ call us to a higher standard. He calls us to be transformed, How? By
renewing our minds. But just how do we do that? Especially if you’re an “old dog” like me and find it hard to learn new “tricks.” How can you renew a mind that is set in its ways (conforming to a worldly pattern)? In his letter to the Philippians, Paul gave these “simple” instructions:
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:8, NIV 1984)
The world is full of just the opposite of these traits. Just watch the news. But if you do too much of that you will get discouraged and maybe conform a little more. Follow Paul’s formula. Read your Bible regularly. The Gospel really means Good News. We could all use a lot more of that. Commune with (pray to) God, that will help you focus on the things of God. Be a regular attender of a local church that is faithful (there are many that are not) to God’s Word. You need to be among “family” to be encouraged and to be held accountable on how well your mind is being renewed.
My Advice – Go to church today. Read a selection from the Bible. Pray to God, and thank Him for the blessings you have received from Him. “Think about such things.” Our mind is what we fill it with. Are you filling it with conforming or transforming things?