“Does God want more from you than you are giving now?”
Isn’t it amazing how when the Word of God is being preached it has a way of cutting right to the point and right through you?
It is a good thing to ask yourself periodically because it can help keep you on track in your faith and your walk. And for most of us the answer will always be yes.
Romans 12:2 states, “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.”
The two key words here are conformation and transformation. Conforming means to give in, or to allow yourself to be shaped by the circumstances and situations around you. Even the very word conform has a negative sound to it. It conveys the feeling of giving in and not reaching your full potential. This world continually puts pressure on us to conform to its powerful and seductive ways.
Contrast that with transformation. God calls us to be transformed into the image of His Son. Each of us knows how far away we are from the perfect and holy Jesus. But God isn’t content to leave us where we are. Transformation involves taking something rough and raw and making it into a thing of beauty. Think of a sparkling diamond cut with all its shimmering facets. It is much different from the dirty rock extracted from the bottom of a mine.
So does God want more from me than I am giving now? Absolutely! Everyday I am faced with enormous pressures to conform. The world presses in on us and can be overwhelming. Sometimes it is easier to just go along to get through the day. But we have something happening inside us that the world cannot see unless we let it. We have the very Spirit of God working within us. When we embrace the transformation that is taking place, we have no choice but to shine Jesus’ light into a dark and dreary world.
It won’t always be easy. The pressure to conform will not diminish; in fact it will be even more tangible as we see the changes Christ is making in us. But the end result will be a determination and a drive to give God everything we’ve got in this life. We will embrace the things that God desires for our lives. We will shine forth with a light that illuminates the dark corners of this world and sets an example; it is an example of transformation for all to see.