Rom 12:2 “…do not be conformed [syschēmatizō – to conform one’s self (i.e. one’s mind and character) to another’s pattern, (fashion one’s self according to)] to this world, but be transformed [metamorphoō – to change into another form, to transfigure] by the renewing [anakainōsis – a renovation, complete change for the better] of your mind [nous – the faculties of perceiving and understanding and those of feeling, judging, determining/ i.e thoughts, feelings, purposes, desires], that you may prove [dokimazō – to test, examine, scrutinize (to see whether a thing is genuine or not)] what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
(Additions from the BLB Greek Lexicon http://www.blueletterbible.org/)
We can either be transformed (changed) into the better ways of Christ or else we will be conformed (fashioned) into the ways of the world.
The ways of the world and the words of the world have become so familiar to us we often embrace them without evaluation or hesitation. For example, here are some world’s words: “You deserve to be treated well.” “You deserve to enjoy yourself.” “You deserve respect.” What if we rejected this lie and lived accepting what is actually true: Jesus said, “… you will be hated by all for My name’s sake….” Mat 10:22.
When we function off the world’s words instead of Christ’s our focus and goals in life begin to become subtly altered, and if this continues the alterations will eventually end up fashioning very different purposes in our life.
The words “take every thought captive (2Co 10:5)” seems to be something we hear as more of a nice ambition as we stroll through the grocery store picking out our favorite produce, whereas if we could see the true war being waged with words and lies we would perhaps see the words “take every thought captive” as in fact the command it is, barked at a soldier heading into a cunning battle for one of the most valuable territory of all: the mind.
Where in the Bible does it say we should seek the attention of others? Where in the Bible does it say we have a right to be happy? Where in the Bible does it say we should be able to do what we want without anyone telling us different?
We fail to see thoughts, words, pressures, and ideologies as tactics of war; instead we effortlessly accept the lies and apathetically neglect to seek out the truth.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve swallowed so many of the world’s lies for far too long. I want to see them for what they are, and I want to spit them from my life, because every time I swallow another one, I see and hear Christ and His purposes a little less clearly.
And, I cannot afford to see and hear Him less, for He is my King and the purpose and fullness of my life, which this world has no ability to give, I found and find in Him. True life is in the moments when you glimpse God and His power and presence takes your breath away and his gentleness and love overwhelms you with hope, joy, and love. His cause is the only one that reaches beyond the end of this world, and without that sight and purpose, life is lifeless living. This is war. Stop listening to the enemy! Start listening to your King.
Challenge: Look for where the world’s words and ways have waged their subtle or not so subtle influence on your life and stop allowing your life to be conformed and patterned by them, instead seek Christ’s mercy and help to surrender your life to the change of His better way.