“Be different.” That slogan is everywhere. No one wants to look just like the next guy, right?
Bad news: We are all the same. As much as we tell ourselves we are all unique, the Bible says that by default, we all live according to a pattern the world has set for us.
We all worship; we all live for something. While the Bible says we were made to live for God—body, mind, and soul—it also tells us that we follow the ways of the world. It describes us as dead and lifeless, following by nature the worldly pattern set for us (Ephesians 2:1-3).
The world wants us to be godless, unaccountable, self-directed (Romans 1:18-32). When we submit to this mold, we become foolish, senseless, deceived, and depraved. We’re spiritually dead. And, we’re on our way to just punishment for ignoring the God who made us.
Now the good news: God did for us what we could not do for ourselves. He rescued us, at a cost only to himself. He has shown us mercy. He shouted over our ignorance by sending Jesus Christ to earth to die on the cross for the sins of anyone who will believe in him as Lord and Savior.
Jesus freely gives new life: life as a free citizen of heaven who is able to resist the world’s agenda and live for God. Let God change your thoughts. Ask him to!
To those who have faith in his Son Jesus, he gives the Holy Spirit. God himself comes to live in us, changing us from the inside out. The Spirit gives us power to resist the world and helps us understand God’s thoughts.
God has also recorded his thoughts for us in the Bible. God’s Word is God’s thought, and we’ve got it right in front of us.
So don’t conform! Don’t let the world squish you into its thinking! “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2 NIV).
When we submit to God’s prescribed pattern of thought, we become wise, able to discern and approve God’s direction in our lives, which is good, pleasing, and perfect. God has higher plans for you. He wants you to look like his perfect Son.
Will you ask him to start the process of making you into the mold he wants for you? Don’t conform to the world. Be different, be truly different.
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