Friday, September 25, 2009

Invisible Lines

"Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him.

Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you."
Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)

I was at my Wednesday night Bible study and the issue about conforming to what the world thinks is acceptable and what we as Christians should think is acceptable came up. It's so different than it use to be. I don't know about you, but at times, the lines seem almost invisible.

We as Christians should take a stand and not conform to the standards of this world. We are such a society of must have, must watch, must do--that simple Christianity has gotten lost.

The above verse is a great reminder that this is all God wants--for us to take our everyday occurrences and offer them up to Him. I think if we did that, wouldn't that keep us from doing something that we know our Father wouldn't approve of? Don't you agree? If we knew that at the end of the day, we would be putting all of our thoughts, actions, feelings--upon the lap of our Gracious Father--would we take a second thought about what we were doing, saying & thinking? I would hope I would.

So, please don't be conformed to this world. Don't be afraid to be different--at times society tries to make us feel bad about being different. For not blending into the crowd. Be a light that brings God's sunshine to your relationships, your workplace, your home--wherever the Lord has placed you. Be something that people will wonder, "What is different about you?" And not be ashamed of it.

God has such plans for you! Honor Him with yours.

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