And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Rom 12:1-2
I love Wall-E! He walked to the beat of a different drummer. But he had one job…to make conformity out of chaos.
What is the difference between being conformed to the world and being transformed?
- Both of them require change.
- Both of them require submission.
- Both of them require someone/thing else as a standard of measure.
When we are conformed to the world, we are allowing the WORLD to change us, to be the standard against which we measure our life and we are submitting to its values as it molds us into the same form as everyone around us.
Conform means to press in from the outside.
Just like Wall-E, who takes whatever is around him, the world seeks to press us all into the same form. Kind of like the Stepford Wives!
Jesus, on the other hand, seeks to TRANSFORM us!
Transform means to change from the inside out!
He takes the seed of who we are and works, just like the butterfly…
He changes us into a completely different creature! We no longer crawl about on the ground. He gives us wings to soar! He changes us into the image of The Son.
Sometimes I get chills just thinking about the work He does in my life!
The problem for us is when we allow the world around us to compress us into its mold. Let’s step back and let the Holy Spirit work in our lives – to transform us by the renewing of our minds! We need to let the Word change what we think and believe and then we will begin to actually ACT as the new creatures we are.
We want to be changed by the Holy Spirit through the WORD, not made ‘moldy’ by the WORLD!