Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. Romans 12:2 (TPT)
The Change Within You – The Edit Series – Part 3
I’m sure you’ve heard this verse as I have: preached fervently as a warning. Don’t get caught up in the ways of the world, or you might find yourself infected with their ways… anything from drinking, to drugs, to sex, to all.the.bad.things. It’s always preached AT people, while rarely used for self-examination.
I wonder, what is the culture around you?
If you look close enough, it's so much about behavior…
I see in our culture a tendency to blame;
a tendency towards racism and discrimination;
a tendency towards greed and withholding;
a tendency for judgment and gossip and fear and worry;
a tendency towards looking outside of ourselves for the problems;
I see a tendency for stubbornness and rigidity – my way or the highway.
Our culture is one that points fingers and blames and warns and detracts and urges people to take sides… in many ways, this verse in Romans 12 has been preached in the very same way it warns us about being.
To really go against the culture around us, means to do things like:
Admit that you’re wrong.
“Be inwardly transformed” means to look within yourself for the change you think needs to happen in the world.
It’s so easy to think that “things” would be better if others changed, did their part, backed down, stood up, kept quiet, spoke out… if only everyone else would do what they should. But the only person we can change for sure, is ourselves. Inward transformation is the culture of the Kingdom of heaven.
Sure, things would be better if others changed. But their change is their job. All you can do is be a light, and change what needs to change within you. Actually, that is how you light up.
Gandhi once said,
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.”
And that doesn’t mean that the things you change or edit in your life were/are wrong (some of them may be). It just means that their time has come to an end, and you need to make space for the next thing.
It's all part of growing up.
Written by Liz Milani
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