"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." (Romans 12:2 NIV)
We've been talking a lot lately about how Christians are supposed to be different, distinct, not like everyone else. But how do we know how and when
to be different? How do we recognize the situations that call for us to be salt and light and what is the best way for us to accomplish this?
Part of the challenge is in letting God's word work its way through our own lives. It is easy to memorize scriptures, quote Bible passages and say, 'The Bible says . . .' but it is
more difficult to be so saturated with God's word that we ooze salt and light naturally.
I'm reading a book right now on everyday discipleship and it has a great illustration of how we often misuse the Bible and this misuse hinders our being transformed by the renewing
of our minds as Paul says above.
Remember when you were in school taking a math class and the teacher would assign you several pages of problems? I know that when I was in High School our math books would have
answer pages in the back of the books. They didn't have answers to all the questions, only the odd or even numbers, but at least you could check some of your work to see if you were on the right
track. Unfortunately, some of my classmates only got correct the problems that had answers in the back of the book. They never really read the text part of the text book, never really listened in
class and wrestled with what was being taught so they could never do the problems on their own.
Some people use the Bible as an answer key rather than a text book. They look for specific answers to life problems but without reading, learning, evaluating and applying the rest
of the book to their lives.
As you listen to sermons, Bible classes or Bible studies, don't just hear the words; think about them in relation to your own life. Let the words shine in the dark recesses of your
heart and mind so that you can see where you need to change. Evaluate your actions in light of these words and let them change you. Be transformed by the renewing of your minds.
Think about it.