July 2021: Never Conform

The Warm Up

Have you ever tried to copy another golfer? Maybe, you tried to study Jordan Spieth’s golf swing and did your best to replicate it only to fail. It is difficult for us to carbon copy someone else’s swing since we are not the same height nor do we have the exact same body build as them.

When it comes to the world around us, we are often encouraged to be just like everyone else. We are supposed to have the same values, goals, and priorities as others. We are supposed to fit perfectly into the mold of other’s expectations. We are encouraged to be people who conform.

The Course

When it comes to our faith, we are called to be people who embrace different values, goals, and priorities than those that many in the world have chosen to embrace. We are called to be different people living different lives because we have been transformed by Jesus. We are no longer who we used to be.

After explaining the great change that has taken place in the life of a person who has surrendered to Jesus as Savior and Lord, Paul challenges the Roman church to:

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

(Romans 12:2 ESV)

As Christians, we are not conformed to the world by allowing the Holy Spirit to change our mind. As our mindset becomes more and more like Jesus, we begin to see things the way that He does. We begin to value and prioritize the things that He would prioritize. We begin to look less and less like the mold of the world and more and more like Jesus.

Paul reminds the church that they will be tested and challenged when they seek to live transformed lives yet lives of transformation are God’s will for them. His perfect plan for our lives is to mold us and make us like Jesus. This is the life we were made for and that Jesus’ rescue at the cross bought for us. 

Evaluating Your Score

When it comes to our lives, we see people conforming to the mold of the world all around us. It is the easy way and the path of least resistance, yet it is not the path we were made for. Our transformed lives will be compelling to the world around us because through them we will show Jesus to the world.

Today, where are you tempted to conform? How have you seen the Holy Spirit transforming you? Pray today that God would continue to renew your mind, work in your life, and make you more like Jesus.

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Dr. Ben Birdsong

Dr. Ben Birdsong

Ben Birdsong serves as a writer, speaker, and minister based in Birmingham, Alabama.

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