Do Not Conform

Do Not Conform

Romans 12:2 (NIV)–

 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.

Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible

Be ye transformed – Μεταμορφουσθε, Be ye metamorphosed, transfigured, appear as new persons, and with new habits…The word implies a radical, thorough, and universal change, both outward and inward.

I need a radical change!

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible

But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind; which regards not the first work of conversion and renovation; for in this sense these persons were transformed, metamorphosed, changed, and renewed already; but the after progress and carrying on the work of renovation, the renewing of them day by day in the spirit of their minds; which believers should be desirous of, and pray for, and make use of those means which the Spirit of God owns for this purpose, attending to the spiritual exercises of religion, as reading, meditation, prayer, conference, the ministration of the word and ordinances, which is the reverse of conformity to the world:

Desire and pray for a day by day renewal!

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

There is scarcely a more difficult text in the Bible than this, or one that is more full of meaning. It involves the main duty of religion to be separated from the world; and expresses the way in which that duty may be performed, and in which we may live so as to ascertain and do the will of God. If all Christians would obey this, religion would be everywhere honored. If all would separate from the vices and follies, the amusements and gaieties of the world, Christ would be glorified. If all were truly renewed in their minds, they would lose their relish for such things, and seeking only to do the will of God, they would not be slow to find it.

I need to separate from the world to glorify Christ!

What to pray for-

Breaking away from the world

Renewing my mind

Application-

Turn away from the world and focus on the Lord by renewing my mind.  Renew my mind by focusing on Bible reading and prayer.

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