I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (verse :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. (Romans 12:1-2)
The second verse of this passage takes me to my motives in everything I do. How many areas of my life are conformed to the image or standard of this world? Do I dare to ask that question? Can I give an honest answer?
Think about the clothes you wear, where you live, what you drive, the music you enjoy. How many of these things are primarily the result of what the world says is important, or in style?
How can I break the grip of influence that the world has on my life?
How can I be transformed?
Psalms 1:1-2 has given me a clue to the answer to these terrible questions.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.
Here is a man who chooses to not fight against the influences all around him. Instead he concentrates on the influence of God’s Word. The law of the Lord is so much more than just the 10 commandments. In “The Pursuit of God”, A. W. Tozer says, “law is but a name for the course which all creation follows.” That course is described for us in the Bible, (God’s Word).
Father in heaven, thank you so much for this glimpse into how to be transformed. Help me to find delight in your word. I have wasted so much of my life in following and delighting in the things of the world that have no value. Help me to take this word seriously and learn what it means. In Jesus name; Amen.