Words from the Heart for Wednesday November 9th, 2016
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Being a Non-Conformist
We can become confused about God’s will when we continually dabble in patterns of thinking that are not shaped by the Scriptures. Make it a priority to pick up your Bible today so that you might know God and His Word so that you might love Him with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Canada has long wrestled with its identity in the world. Over the years many Canadians have tried to describe this nation. In 1971, Peter Gzowski of CBC Radio’s This Country in the Morning held a competition whose goal was to compose the conclusion to the phrase: “As Canadian as…” The winning entry was “… possible, under the circumstances.” It was sent in to the program by Heather Scott. Prime Minister Mackenzie King quipped that Canada was a country with “not enough history, too much geography”. According to John A. McDonald, the “special genius” of Canadian identity was that “it asks but one thing of its adherents: complete and total submission to the will of the state. Once that has been accepted, everything else Canadian follows.” Pierre Trudeau largely agreed, saying that “To a Canadian, the only virtue is loyalty; the only sin, disobedience.”
Have you noticed the pressure lately of conforming to the world? Advertising wants you to act a certain way, news channels and websites want you to think a certain way, your friends want you to be a certain way. The world has a way of acting, thinking and being and it wants everybody to follow along. But as usual, the Kingdom of God turns everything upside down. The apostle Paul writes in Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” You might recall the Tupperware Jello moulds, those plastic containers with a rose imprint on the bottom that you poured Jello into: a couple of hours in the fridge and the Jello had taken the shape of the mould. This is the picture Paul is painting here. The world wants to pour us into its mould so we can be shaped by it. Paul commands us to not let this happen. Instead, we are to be transformed by having our minds renewed so that we begin to think, act and be like Jesus. By so doing we will find ourselves in the centre of His will for our lives and there is no better place for the follower of Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.