Do not conform

[ I corrected the mistake! ]

Yesterday was January 1.

A New Year.

I was in the shower, thinking of my favorite scriptures, which says, in part, “do not conform.” The entire text of Romans 12:2 actually says:

“AND do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Okay, so we should renew our minds with God’s Word and we won’t be conformed to this world’s way of thinking.

BUT then I noticed, this scripture starts with the word “AND” so I have to back up and see what the passage right before this says, since they are connected.

This comes first:

“I beseech (beg) you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1

So I started to think about my body as a living sacrifice. Some very obvious things came to my mind: watching too much TV, eating too much junk food. If I truly start thinking of my body as the Temple of the Holy Spirit, and I am not my own, but belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:19) I am bound to start treating it better, and more responsibly. Making better use of my time is important too.

I then opened up my “Jesus Calling” daily devotional book. One of the scripture references was, you guessed it—“transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

So I read Romans 12:1-2 over a few times, and wrote it down in my notebook.


wow…. Sorry for the error! It is actually Romans 12:1-2 I was talking about….

Hebrews 12:1-2 says:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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