Daily Delight

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I have three verses for you this morning.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve with God’s will is- his good, pleasing, and perfect will. -Romans 12:2

Therefore, my dear brothers stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. -1 Corinthians 15:58

So fix your eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. -2 Corinthians 4:18

As I watch the world around move in its constant fast pace and watch my own life fall into its rhythm, I am reminded of the these three verses. I am reminded to not become of this world. I am reminded to stay firm in my faith and I am reminded to never stop modeling my life after my Savior's. 

But it is so easy, right? It’s so easy to do what everyone else is doing. It’s so easy to follow the crowd and just blend in. Many of us like it that way. However, as Christians, we are called to live a different life from those around us. We are called to be different because we in fact, were not even made for this world. We were created for something more.  

Romans 12:2 discusses the world’s pattern; evil and wickedness. It says to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. In other words, a spiritual transformation of our thought and will. After this has happened, then you will be able to test and approve with God’s will for us here and now. His good, pleasing, and perfect will. Maybe you are searching for Gods purpose for your life, His plan for you but you can’t seem to hear Him or take the next steps. I encourage you to check over your life’s pattern. Is that of the world or of the Spirit? Even the little things that we see everyone else doing that really doesn’t seem that harmful are still part of the world.

1 Corinthians 15:58 is acknowledging that doing this, not conforming to the pattern of this world, is not useless. But because of Christ’s resurrection and ours, dedicating ourselves fully to His work is not in vain. It will be rewarded in Christ’s second coming. So when we do the little things, the things no one else sees… God sees and remembers.  Everything counts. No good deed goes unseen. 

The seen and the unseen, 1 Corinthians 4:18 The seen is the world’s pattern and scene around us, and it's also temporary. Fixing our eyes on the seen, on the world, is distracting and will not last. So my way of putting it, which is less formal is, why waste your time chasing and conforming to something that isn’t even going to last? Why not spend your time on the things that are imperishable instead? I love how the commentary in my Bible puts it: The unseen things are just as real as the seen things. But when we focus on the world, the eternal things, the ways of God, become harder to make out. They become cloudy.

Here is one last verse to sum it all up:

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. -Matthew 7:13-14

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About the Author

Christian Fisher is eighteen years old and lives in Atlanta, Georgia. However, her heart lies wherever there are tall skyscrapers and sidewalks overflowing with people. Her first love is her Lord and Savior. She has given Him her every move and waits on Him daily to whisper into her heart (even though sometimes it sounds more like a roar). Christians second love is coffee, preferably in a cozy café with towers of Bible commentaries spread out on the top of the table. Christian is a bit sassy but passionate in spreading the love of God to everyone she encounters.


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