Romans 12:2 (CEB)
2 Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature.
From the time we are born, we seem to be encouraged to assimilate into our culture. While a normally beautiful thing, and I like experiencing different cultures and traditions, what if we believe learn that our culture is wrong? What if we have been inculcated and indoctrinated with something false? Like slavery is okay, and some people shouldn’t vote, well, because they are women. These things require a major cultural shift to correct. But what about in the meantime?
Paul wrote to the early Christians in Rome. While Rome had some of the most advanced culture the world had seen up until then, there was still so much we would consider wrong with the Roman way of life. So Paul encourages them, to live differently, to die to selfishness, live for God, and take care of others. Some things haven’t changed much in 2000 years. We still live in a me first world. “I’m gonna get mine,” seems to be the attitude of the day. Stay young and fit sells, just look at the ads. You would be better off with more car, more house, and more savings. If only you would work harder, spend less time with your family, and get more done.
What a bunch of hooey. If you’re ready, if your tired of running the rat race, and ready to live a different, simple, yet difficult kind of life, then read this verse again.
Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature.
What a place to begin. Be the Human Being that God made and calls you to be instead of the Human Doing.
One of my friends runs a ministry called The Simple Life. I think she’s on to something. It’s more needed than ever. Here’s one of her recent posts about our love affair and infatuation of being busy.
I am part of huddle with a group of other pastors. One of the things we remind each other of frequently is “work from a place of rest, not rest from work.” It’s an ancient Judeo-Christian concept called Sabbath. Most of you have heard of it, almost none of you do it. Find rest soon. Refreshing rest. See the world differently. God still loves you. Stop running and start listening. These are the words that challenge us today. If I think I’m fine, why would I want to be transformed and made new? Problem is, most of know we aren’t fine, we can’t keep up this pace, and everything is not okay.
1. When was the last time you rested, truly rested with God? Sound like a great idea right? This is your invitation to find the time.
2. What can you stop doing so that you can have the rest you need, so that God can continue to transform, renew, and lead you? Most people can’t do this. This is challenge. Simplifying is difficult.
Prayer: Lord, help me be still, a superhero Man of Still, at least for a moment today. Let me sit in that moment and rest with you. Let me be quiet. Simply love me. You don’t need to speak any words, I just need to be with you. If you do speak though, I will be listening. Amen.