A Non-Conforming Transformer: Autobots, Roll Out!
More and more, I seem to hear people justify their actions by "Well so-and-so does it" — or some variation of that. If I walked in the darkness of the world, that might be perfectly fine.
But I've found the way, the truth, and the life through Jesus Christ. I can't weigh my actions against someone else also living in the flesh, no matter how much of a saint they are. The standard upon which I should base my actions and decisions is Jesus Christ. He set the example.
It's an easy trap to fall into, though.
If I compare my actions to the Israelites wandering in the wilderness or Laman and Lemuel, or even a non-believer, then I could justify doing just about anything. It was even prophesied that a time would come when the world — and even churches — will tell us to eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.
We're clearly living in those times. The world tells me to do whatever I want, whatever feels good … to step on whomever for personal gain, be self-centered, and boast in myself. That's all contradictory to the Word of God.
It's tempting to do what feels good, but my actions have long-lasting eternal ramifications. How do I resist and do what is right in the sight of God?
The Word lays it out beautifully. Romans 12:2 states, "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."
I can't avoid being in the world but I can avoid conforming to it. How do I do that? "Renew my mind!" It should be a daily item on my morning to-do list right along with brushing my teeth and taking a shower. Before I leave the house, I should be renewing my mind.
So, how do I renew my mind? I need to start new each morning, asking the Lord to wipe away yesterday's mistakes and move on. I can't carry them into today. I need to start with a positive mindset, focusing on what Christ has already done in my life and knowing He has my best interests in mind for the future.
I need to praise Him in the midst of whatever circumstances I find myself in. I need to pray for His will for my life. I need to be in the Word of God for encouragement, for chastisement, and for guidance.
The farther I get away from these things, the easier it becomes to start justifying my actions, comparing them to others instead of Christ. I can very easily backslide and find myself in for a world of hurt, naturally and eternally. Philippians 2:12-13 states, "Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."
I need to take ownership of my own part in my salvation and relationship with God. I need to be responsible to seek God out. When I do, He'll work in me and guide me. I can't worry about the latest trend or Internet craze. It's my walk, my salvation, and my responsibility — no one else's.
I need to be constantly mindful that as much as I can hide from each of you, I can't hide anything from the Lord. 2 Nephi 27:27 clearly states, “And wo unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord! And their works are in the dark; and they say: Who seeth us, and who knoweth us? And they also say: Surely, your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay. But behold, I will show unto them, saith the Lord of Hosts, that I know all their works. For shall the work say of him that made it, he made me not? Or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, he had no understanding?”
Now more than ever it's time to sync my moral compass to Christ's — and no one else's.
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