"Don't Conform. Be Transformed!"
“Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God.” Romans 12: 2a GNT
There is one decision we have to make in life: to be conformed or transformed. There is no middle ground between them.
Daniel faced that difficulty when he was taken as a captive. The king made the decision that all the servants would eat his food but Daniel knew that food would not help his body to grow strong. He made an arrangement that would allow him to continue to eat the food he was used to eating. He stayed strong. He never forgot who he was.
He said, “You can change my address. You can change my name. But you’re not going to change my heart. I won’t be conformed to the ways of this society.”
Unfortunately, too many of us make the decision to be conformed to our society, rather than sticking to our values. People who study this report that there is not much difference in outward behavior between Christians and non-Christians. That’s why our verse for today is so important.
I know of people who can’t figure out what God wants them to do with their lives because they are conformed to the world. They want to be like everyone else rather than the unique person that God made them to be. As long as you’re worried about fitting in, you won’t worry about God transforming you. In that case, you won’t know the will of God.
When you make a decision similar to Daniel, staying true to your values, choosing God’s best for your life, He’ll transform you. Then you’ll know the will of God.
Peace in the Lord,