There are some days it concerns me that I am becoming of this world and not just in this world. Meaning that “Christians are physically placed “in” this world but do not partake of the sinful values of the world.” Romans 12:1-2 says it perfectly, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 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.”
”Do not conform to the pattern of this world…” Tough one. It’s so easy to fall into the pattern or temptations of this world. I find this is what I struggle with. Especially when it comes to my love of all things handbag. There are so many temptations to guard yourself against whether you’re a Christian or not. The world often says “oh it’s fine, you’re not hurting anyone, go ahead you deserve it…” when it comes to many temptations. It’s up to us to pray for discernment and guidance from God to not stumble and become of the world.
I understand being transformed by the renewing of one’s mind. I have much different thoughts and opinions today than I’ve had 10 years ago since I’ve been saved. My stance on certain “sensitive” debatable subjects has changed from a very liberal one to now a conservative point of view. I can only attribute that change to The Lord’s work in my life. There are many issues that I took a strong, definitive view on that I now sit in the fence about. Things aren’t as black and white as they used to be.
“Then you are able to test and approve what God’s will is…” I believe I know partly what God’s will is for me. Right now it’s working as a nurse at the special needs school I’ve been placed at. It’s being a person for others in my life to lean on. I believe so strongly in the will of God; that there’s nothing we can do to stop it. We can delay His will by not being obedient, but we cannot stop what God wants to accomplish. During this past year of working for the Board of Education, I’ve regretted not searching for employment here sooner. I have to remind myself that it wasn’t God’s will for me to have worked here sooner. I was meant to be here at His perfect timing. I wish we could know when His perfect timing is coming up.