Read Romans 12

In Romans 12:2 notice the word renewing is continuous. It doesn’t say renew, like a once and done.  Renewing is a daily and lifelong process.  To renew our mind means we are going to think differently than the world. Then the world will tell us, we are wrong, so we will try to blend back in.  Therefore, we must renew daily.  It’s human nature to want to fit in, to be a part of the world around us.

I remember being invited to a gathering of parents from our daughter’s school.  From the moment I walked in, I knew it was a place I would not fit in.  Ever feel that way?  Like you know that either you should not be there, or everyone else is looking at you and thinking that very same thing?  They knew I was different.  I wanted to fit in, to be accepted. Often we can fall into changing how we act or what we say to try and impress others, so they will like us.

So what does a transformed life look like?  In Romans 12, Paul gives us a great outline for such living.

Sacrifice your body—live in a way that glorifies God

Separate from the world—renew your mind daily

Serve in love—use and share your gifts

Respond to evil with good—love unconditionally

So often today we see a consumer Christianity – a “what’s in it for me” mentality.  Romans 12 challenges us, not out of performance or religious rules, but from a relationship with Jesus, to stand out because it’s not about us.  Today let your words and actions show the transforming love and power of Jesus.

— Sheila Konitzer