09 Jan Day 5: Do not be Conformed to this World
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
My preschool aged son has decided that he is actually, in fact, his favorite superhero. The amount of time and effort he has put into conforming, or being similar in every way, to this character is either impressive or alarming, we aren’t totally sure yet.
We conform to this world in a similar (albeit less cute) way, although it doesn’t take nearly as much intentional effort. It is effortless to become like the world, as much of what our five senses absorb all day is of the world, but it is unsatisfying and ultimately destructive. The content we are constantly fed through our phones, those in our life, and through our own thinking is often in direct contrast to what we see will bring us abundant life, hope, and peace in God’s word.
It is clear that we cannot be a living sacrifice if most of our time and effort is conforming us to this world. So, what are we to do? Galatians 5:16 tells us to “walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Let’s make it our aim to do these two things:
- Starve the flesh.
- Feed the Spirit.
Take time during these 21 days of prayer and fasting to present your time, your conversation topics, what you listen to, and what you watch as a living sacrifice to the Lord. Consume the things of Jesus. Starve the flesh and the world and be unusually intentional and focused on the things of God.
- Pray that the Lord will reveal to you ways in which you are conforming to the world. Offer up all of your thoughts, feelings, and actions to Him. Ask him to change your desires, to believe the truth in God’s word, and to be transformed through the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Pray that our church would be full of people not conforming to the world but being transformed by the Lord. Pray that the Lord would move so strongly in our church, that we would be unusually focused on God.
- Pray that the Lord would move through us to help many in our city to see how dissatisfying the world is, and how much life and hope we can have through a relationship that Christ offers to all who be.