• Jack Selcher

Conformity 101

Your thinking, feeling and behaving conform to some norm. United States citizens are expected to pay taxes. Motorists in the United States are expected to use turn signals and to stop at stop signs and red lights. Okay, maybe we don’t all conform!

You begin life conforming to the world’s deceptive definition of real life. Two would-be-life-shapers battle through the ages—God and the world. Both seek to control you. To be a friend of one is to be an enemy of the other (James 4:4).

What you love shapes you! How you think molds your destiny. The world shapes those who love it and embrace its values. God shapes those who love Him, embrace His values and seek to be like Him. You have a choice. “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 12:2, NIV). God’s will and the world’s will are mutually exclusive.

You’re born a lover of this world, naturally wired to follow the lusts of the flesh and of the eyes and the pride of life. The world encourages you like a demonic cheerleader. “Satisfy your own desires. Make your name great. Go after the girls/guys, gold and glory. Meet your own needs. Aggressively pursue what you want.” It’s the American way. But it’s not God’s way.

His way is to change how you think. That transforms your assumptions, values and behavior. His word and Spirit set you free from the dark dungeon of foolish thinking created by believing lies (John 8:32). This reprogramming requires your cooperation and discipline. Life isn’t about you, but about Him. It’s about seeking His kingdom and righteousness. It’s about loving and obeying Him, loving your neighbor as yourself, and loving other believers as Jesus has loved you. It’s about using your resources to bring God glory. Loving Him makes you progressively more like Him (Romans 8:29).

Joshua wrote, “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD"(Joshua 24:15, NIV). Choose whom you will serve wisely #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources

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