November 4, 2023
Romans 12:2, New International Translation
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is— His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
In a recent ALL IN for Christ class, a topic came up about how we can align ourselves with God’s perspective. How can we begin to view things from a new angle? We were talking about the process of transformation, as mentioned in Romans 12:2.
During our conversation, we raised the question, “Why are we so easily offended?” When I searched for the answer to this question based on who I was before I knew Christ and the Holy Spirit I came to this conclusion, because I didn't know better. I viewed myself through insecurity, self-condemnation, and by comparing myself with others in this twisted world. However, this was my old mindset. I no longer need to conform to the pattern of this world. Instead, I am being transformed by the renewing of my mind – a sound mind in Christ. I should no longer think as I did and react as I did in my old life. Then, what is the difference in my life now? After reflection, here is my answer:
People sometimes ask me where I came from because of my unclear accent. Should I see it as an opportunity to share the goodness and blessings that I have today? Should I not be thankful that it may be an opportunity to develop a new relationship in which I can share the love of Jesus? Yes, I should.
By the grace of God, when I face unpleasant moments, even when I know I am being mocked or teased, I have a peace within me that steady’s my soul. The thought that “they are laughing at me” never even comes across my mind, rather, I am thankful and view it as a gift from God. How good it would be if I can bring a moment of relaxation to a stressful mind. Or soften a worried heart or an angry soul.
My dear brothers and sisters, here is a truth to know:
“You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.” (James 4:2, NLT)
You fight because you think you do not have what you should have. So, “Why are you so easily offended?” Because you are living with a victim mindset. But if we know Jesus then what can possibly be against us? God, who calls us to stand firm and resist evil, fights against our evil desires, the flesh. This is who you are – a warrior of an everlasting Kingdom, and a princess of the everlasting King!