Day 223

Prayer for the day

I call aloud upon the LORD, and he answers me from his holy hill; I lie down and go to sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me.

Scripture for the day

Psalm 84-86, Romans 12

Romans 12 is one of my favorite passages in all of the scriptures. The beginning of the chapter speaks so clearly about the temptation all of us face, and it speaks also to the way that the temptation can be overcome. Most of us, all of us I would wager, are desirous of conformity. We wish we could be like everyone else.

Conformity is often scoffed at, but it’s incredibly powerful. It gives us a sense of connection and a sense of identity. It tells us who we are and to whom we belong. It feels great to be part of something, part of a group or clique or niche.

Yet Paul cautions the Romans to be careful who they conform to. He tells them to reject conformity to the way the world does things. He says this is not the way the one who bows to Christ is supposed to act. Reject this temptation, says Paul, and conform to the image of Jesus. Do not conform to the world, BE TRANSFORMED! And how are we transformed?

Our minds are renewed. They are properly ordered and remade so that we are able to apprehend, test, and approve the will of God.

The Psalmist recognizes the same dangers, the same temptations, and the same solution. “Teach me your ways,” says David, seeking to be transformed by God so that he will be able to see the desires, cares, and loves of God, and that he may be able to join in with those things.

The renewal of the mind is not simply study, nor is it a magic lobotomy or brain transplant. It is, according to the scriptures, nothing less than allowing God to reorder our thoughts and priorities, giving up control of our minds to allow the mind of God to be in control.

It is a blessing beyond measure!


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