“Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in His eyes.” (Romans 12:2)
Our hearts are not meant to seek after or engage in the sinful activities this world promotes. Our number one desire should be to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us, transforming our thoughts, transforming our minds, transforming our hearts – and as we do so we become passionate about what He’s passionate about.
Being in the world, but not of it, means we have the opportunity to bring light to people who are in spiritual darkness. We are expected to live in a way that shows there is something “different” about us. Maybe we need to do a daily check:
- Am I obviously different from the world?
- How much of my life, is really that different to those who do not follow Jesus?
- Does my life show that I am different because of my relationship with God?
We know that there are some fantastic people out there, doing good, helping change the world, but their difference doesn’t lead people to Jesus. And that is the point of our lives – to point people to Him.
Paul’s message to the Romans is unequivocal: Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world. Be different, show off your changed heart. Make every effort to live, think and act like a person who knows Jesus, as a person who has been saved, as a person who seeks to bring honour and glory to God!
This post is an excerpt from my latest sermon – ‘Something for Nothing?’, that I recently delivered at Freedom Church (May 2018). You can view the full sermon here: