Be Not Conformed

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:1-2

After telling us that we should present our bodies a living sacrifice in verse 1, Paul tells us how we can accomplish that in verse 2.  We are told to “be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing our your mind.”

First, we need to not be conformed to this world.  When we become Christians, we need to stop living like the world lives.  The world lives in sin.  There are certain things that the world sees as being fine that a Christian knows are wrong.  There are places that the world goes that a Christian should not go and there are things that the world does that a Christian should not do.  We should not be conformed to the world.

Second, we need to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  When we become Christians, our whole way of thinking needs to change.  The only way that can happen is for us to constantly renew our minds.  Every day, we need to put the Lord Jesus in our minds.  We need to put the Bible in our minds.  The more we put the right things in our minds, the more the wrong things begin to get crowded out.  Every single day, we need to put the right things in our minds.

Most of the Christian life consists simply of moving closer to the Lord Jesus Christ and farther away from everything else.  How are we doing?  Which direction are we moving?

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