June 9, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Michael Wright @ 2:07 am

Are you conformed to this world?

Romans 12:2 “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.”

Two days ago we looked at what it means to be transformed by God’s power into a Spirit-filled Christian. It seems impossible, according to this verse, for a true Christian to be a “Christian” unless that person refuses to conform to the behavior and customs of this world. I believe the key to not being conformed to this world is found in Psalm 131:2:

“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.” (HCSB)

We must allow the Holy Spirit to wean us away from the world. This isn’t a process that is automatic…this isn’t always a pleasant process…but it is necessary. I like what Charles Spurgeon says in the Treasury of David:

“This weanedness of soul presupposes a power left in the soul of loving and desiring. It is not the destruction of its appetite, but the controlling and changing of it. A weaned child still hungers, but it hungers no more after the food that once delighted it; it is quiet without it; it can feed on other things: so a soul weaned from the world, still pants as much as ever for food and happiness, but it no longer seeks them in worldly things, or desires to do so. There is nothing in the world that it feels necessary for its happiness. This thing in it it loves, and that thing it values; but it knows that it can do without them, and it is ready to do without them whenever God pleases. Let us inquire now into the sources of this frame of mind — how we get it. One thing is certain — it is not our work. We do not bring ourselves to it. No infant weans itself. The truth is, it is God that must wean us from the world. We shall never leave it of our own accord. It is God’s own right hand that must draw us from it.”

Have you allowed the Holy Spirit to wean you away from the world and all of the things that Satan would like to use to keep you from serving the Lord?


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