Daily Advent Devotions from Church Street UMC

Saturday, December 12, Evening

By Andy and Nancy Zirkle

Conform or Transform in These Confusing Times

Read Romans 12:2

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by renewing of the mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Our nation and churches are vulnerable in these confusing times. We as Christians cannot stand in a corner and ask what is going wrong, but must stand up and be counted. We must present ourselves to God, who has given mercy and kindness to those who believe in him. We must give ourselves and our lives as new sacrifices to Him. We must serve the Lord. You serve the Lord where he has assigned you at the present time. We can’t have one foot in society in today’s culture and another foot in our Christian way of life.

We must be transformed from the inside out, not conformed from the outside in. In today’s world we need both the outside, the Bible and the inside, the Holy Spirit. We must seek the perfect will of God. We can’t let the world pressure us from the outside. No one drifts away from holiness. We must become Christians in more than words alone.

We must let God into our hearts and receive the fulfilled life. In doing so we will learn the will of God. We will know that the will of God is good and acceptable and perfect. We will love the will of God.


Dear Lord, Please help us to transform our minds through the wisdom of your teachings. Amen.

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