Romans 12:2 “Do not conform any longer 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.”
How do we do this? God made this place, yet it is fallen, and one day God will redeem it. We are at home but not at home… God Himself became human… He was one of us. I think at times we forget about His humanness and how like us He was. “The word became flesh and dwelt among us” John 1:14 He shares our same nature (Hebrews 2:14) and was tempted the way we are (Hebrews 4:15) Yet He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him (John 1:11). We killed Him, He knew we would, but He came anyway. He was at home, and became like us, but He was so different. The difference got Him killed. This is the heart and the life of one who fully wants to serve, who wants to draw close to Christ. They follow God, regardless of the difficulty, regardless of the pain, they stay focused on Him, and walk.
As we walk, the Holy Spirit goes to work on us, and we begin to become in practice who we are in Christ. We have to change. We can’t be at home how we are… Colossians 3:1-2 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
How do we find the balance? We realize the Creation is God’s, but it is fallen and needs redemption. We strive to understand justification, and continue to practice the discipline of sanctification. We understand that the kingdom has come, but not its consummation. And we all devote ourselves to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
In every situation, in every action, I will pray for God’s wisdom, I will immerse my mind in His Word, and steadfastly look at my Savior, as He continues to transform me into His image, and teaches me to not conform to the pattern of this world, yet be a part of it. I pray my time, my works, my heart, will always be well spent, for and of the things of God, and not of this world.
1 Corinthians 3:13-15 “13his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. 14If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.”