"Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
When I first read this verse, I thought – simple enough, don’t copy the behaviors of people of “the world” because people of “the world” will lead you down a bad or ungodly path. But then I started thinking about all of the people around me. Surely I can copy the customs and behaviors of the “good” people around me? That’s how we learn, right? By imitating the people around us and doing what they do.
As Christians we can/should do that up to a point. But whether you’re brand new to the faith or were raised in the church, there must come a point where your faith and your resulting behavior is more than a model based on what other people are doing. Your faith should be rooted and grown from the instructions given to you by God in the Bible and through praying for His guidance in everything you do.
“…but LET God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
A transformation is a serious thing and actively letting God transform you is a huge step of faith. Trying to lose weight? You must transform the way you think about your eating habits and activity levels. Once you realize the effects those two things have on you ultimate goal of losing weight, you’ll give them a new importance in your life and begin to factor them in with everything you do. Need to keep your grades up? If this is your top priority then you will most likely transform the way you approach your day- putting more thought into what can you do to get the maximum amount of study time you can squeeze in.
The same goes for your relationship with God. By fully accepting Him and actively seeking his will (through Bible study and prayer), God will transform you and pull you in line with his path for your life. I think that’s the ultimate goal: finding Gods will for us, pleasing him with our thoughts and actions and experiencing the joy and blessings that our Father wants to share with his children. So, seek God’s instruction for your life, allow God to transform you, walk in his path and one day you will be the model for growing Christians to imitate while they are finding their own way in their faith.
Alexandria Diaz lives in Manhattan with her husband Gabriel. When not traveling for work, she enjoys traveling for fun or just hanging out at home and soaking in the sights and sounds of the city. Alex and Gabe are expecting their first child in April and are actively brainstorming ways to fit this new little roommate (and all of his stuff) into their 1 bedroom apartment.