And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The Bible is very clear that we are not to be conformed to this world but rather we are to be transformed. We can allow our thinking to be conformed to the negativity of this world or we can allow, what we experience in this world to transform our thinking into something much higher.
While it is true that we must live in the reality of this world and abide by certain laws and do certain things such as make a living, interact with other human beings, etc., that doesn’t mean that I have to allow the negativity and pain of this world to conform me into a defeated human being that will never get ahead in life or be able to experience the fullness of God’s goodness and plan for my life.
Even the church world wants you to conform to their way of thinking, acting and dressing like them or you just don’t get it in their eyes. If you are a transformer living in the middle of a conformist setting you will pay a price. Martin Luther was a great example of this during the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century when he tried to convince the church that freedom from punishment by God, was a free gift of God’s grace and couldn’t be bought. He was excommunicated by the Pope and condemned a criminal by the Emperor.
Jesus was a transformer and likewise paid the price by persecution from the church of His day and execution as a criminal by the Roman government.
Yes there is a price to pay if you choose to live transformed in this world and not conformed to it or by it. The reward, however, is worth any price. As the Bible says, “If God be for us, who can be against us.”
We can live in victory as little David did when he met the giant, Goliath. David did not allow the defeated attitude of the Israelis Army that day to conform him. David stood up transformed instead and brought victory to the whole nation.
Conformity or transformation? The choice is ours!