Conforming

In an episode of The Simpsons where Bart gets an earring, Lisa’s reaction was, “How rebellious,” after which she mumbled, “in a conformist sort of way.”  Even non-conformists typically conform to a new (albeit minority) role. 

The Book of Romans addresses conformity.  In Romans 8:28-30 we see that we are to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus:

 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

Then in Romans 12:1-2 we are told not to conform to the world:

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer 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. 

How are we transformed?  How are our minds renewed?  By God’s Word: John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 

We all conform to something.  Will it be the to the patterns of this world or to Christ? 

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