Monday, February 4, 2013

Verses to Live By

In college I was first introduced to this idea of a life verse. Somehow, for normal people, its supposed to work that you pick a Bible verse that you think defines your outlook on life. On the other hand, if you're me, the verse finds you, follows you, and practically beats its way into every aspect of your life at every possible moment until you just begin to embrace it.

You may now  be asking, what is my life verse?

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2  ESV).

First, I must admit that the depth of meaning in this verse is an on-going learning process, and God reveals new things about His character and His plan for my life as I grow deeper in my faith. Now after letting you know the vast majority of this verse is still beyond my comprehension, here's what I have learned from this verse:

My Life Isn't Going To Be Like Everyone Else's.

While sometimes this idea can be blown way out of proportion, for me its about how I interact with people in the world opposed to looking like the world in the way I dress, or what I read, or even what music I listen to. If I am completely disengaged from my culture, how am I ever going to reach those who need the love of Jesus the most?

I really believe this is where my heart lies, in letting others know that not conforming to the patterns of this world does not automatically mean submitting your life to being a social outcast. Does Christ's love for you and Holy Spirit dwelling in you change your perspective? Absolutely. Am I  suggesting that you must give up every single pop song on the radio and tell you that you can only read the Bible, and not fiction? Hmmm, more than likely not.

Funny part, the verse talks about discernment. Which is necessary, because sometimes things we believe we enjoy are not good for us spiritually, emotionally, or physically, and they do need to be removed from our lives.

The good news: being different from this world is not a social death sentence. 

Big secret: not everything fun automatically goes into the harmful/bad category.

Over time, you begin to learn what is profitable to following Jesus and what becomes a stumbling block to your faith - pretty much a rough definition of discernment. My desire is that I can share with you ways to interact with, but not conform to, a culture so desperately in need of the hope and saving grace found in Jesus Christ.

Grace and Peace,

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