Daily Delight

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Not of the world, but in it. In the world, but not of it. 

I hear this idea of Christian perspective all the time, and it seems to make sense. We know the world. We're the culturally aware disciples–– hip but modest enough, Instagram brunching but not without a Bible study. But we do not belong to the world. Paul says, Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing if your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is–– his good, pleasing, and perfect will, (Romans 12:2, NIV). So what does that actually look like? 

I've been attending my ultra Hollywood church for nearly a year. It's taken me about that long to know my uniform–– leather jacket, perfectly ripped jeans, missions tank, grungy boots. I noticed Sunday morning that I prepared my outfit, my brunch plans, and my Instagram caption before I prepared my heart to be open to the word of God. Even in the context of church, I let temporal culture rule, and managed to convince myself it had something to do with spirituality if I at least quoted my pastor on Insta. 

Not conformed, but transformed. Not conformed to, squeezed into, or polished down into any shape that isn't God's will for you–– even if that shape looks like what we have for a moment decided is Christian. But transformed (growing pains included) by His word and spirit, by an open and disciplined Christ-seeking mind, into whoever you are willed to be in this world.
We're called to be different. Because in a world in which conformation rules, the body of Christ is called to transform the world–– a feat that cannot happen before we are transformed ourselves. 

{photo: @byhannahrose}

About the Author

Safeena Padder≫ ≫Safeena is a Malibu coastline-dwelling Pepperdine grad turned wedding photographer and aspiring photojournalist. Because of the unlikelihood of her own testimony, she believes that no one is too far from the redeeming love of God. She seeks to live that belief through action and by fostering even more unlikely friendships.
Safeena is passionate about travel, social justice, and the role that creativity plays in driving empathy that will change the world; you can follow her adventures at www.safeenapadder.com/blog. Her natural habitat is the farmer's market, where you can normally find her with arms full of flowers.


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