Posted by: Heather | February 17, 2010

Conformed to this world?

Transformation is a gradual process…and a constantly-changing one.   I began to ask myself if I’m in the process of being transformed, or have I simply conformed?  To learn about transformation, we also need to know what it means to conform.

Romans 12:2  And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

To be conformed means “to conform one’s self (one’s mind and character) to another’s pattern”.

When we are conformed to this world, we are patterning our mind and character after the things of the world.  In other words, we make our attitudes and actions fit into the world’s mold of what we should be.  But, the problem with conforming to the world is that there is no stability there.  By nature, the society we live in is unpredictable.  What’s in today will be out tomorrow.  So, if we find ourselves in conformity, we are often “…carried about by every wind of doctrine… (Eph 4:14).

I’ll use a very common New Year’s resolution to illustrate.  Many are consumed with losing weight right now, but fill in the blank with whatever issue you may be facing.  If we desire true transformation, we should first seek God in prayer and study, to discern which direction He would have us take.  But, instead, we are tossed about from side to side trying to decide for ourselves what new health plan we’ll follow, and how we’ll handle it.   Picture it this way:  The path of the Lord is straight, and goes directly to its destination.  But, if we’re trying to follow the ways of the world, we end up doing a zig zag from one side to the other all the time.   We go here and there, trying every ‘solution’ that comes before us.  Can you see how much extra energy that expends, rather than just making an effort to continue on that one, straight path?

The enemy’s mission is to keep us from the destination the Lord has intended for us.  If we allow our thinking to conform to the world’s ideals, we are like a marionette controlled by the person pulling the strings.  When that begins to happen, we become susceptible to the attacks of the enemy.  If he can keep us in a constant state of confusion, he’ll do it.  The more confused we are, the less peace we have.  Less peace means less clarity of mind.  Without clarity of mind, our vision becomes foggy, and we have trouble seeing God at work through our circumstance.   All we can see and feel is the confusion and chaos that surrounds us.  But the Bible tells us in I Corinthians 14:33, “… God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…..”.

It’s the Lord’s will that we walk the straight path.   The straight path is peaceful…maybe hard at times in our way of thinking, but peaceful.  When we walk on that straight path, there is assurance in knowing that we’re on the right track.    Jeremiah 6:16 tells us:  “Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. ….”

Matthew 7:13-14 tells us that the road to life is narrow and straight, but the road to destruction is wide.   The narrow path is the road to transformation, and the wide path is the road to conformity.  God gives us the choice…will we be conformed or transformed?  Our answer ultimately determines our spiritual destiny.


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