This is a 4-part series about life’s roadblocks. This post will focus on Conformity.
Why do you do the things you do? Are you a robot who does what the world expects? Or do you use your unique talents, gifts and skills to contribute to the world?
Romans 12:2a says “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (NIV). Conformity is the killer of creativity. A creative creator created us. You may need to read that sentence again. It is true. God created everything in the world from the amoeba to the largest galaxies. This genius and creativity was also used to create each of us. We are all born to be creative in one-way or another. That doesn’t mean we’ll all be writers or artists. What it does mean, though, is that we all have the potential to create something of value and share it with the world.
The Real Problem
From the time we first start school, we are taught to conform. Think about it. When you started kindergarten, the first thing the teacher teaches you is how to line up. We learn not to stray from the crowd. As we get older we are taught more about how to conform to the world. We are told which colleges we are eligible for. We are told what skills, gifts, and talents we have. We are told what jobs we need to pursue as adults. Slowly, but surely many of us begin to conform to the world we live in. We are discouraged from stepping out of the norms and going against the grain. Although, many successes have come from those who were willing to do just that. We are taught that conforming is safe and doing the opposite is taking unnecessary risks.
When we conform, we become robots, cookie-cutter images of what the world wants us to be.
Now don’t get me wrong. We still need to follow the rules and live accordingly to the laws that govern us both here on earth and in the Bible. However, it is the unspoken rules of the world that we need to be careful of not conforming to. Those rules that tell us that we need to be or do certain things, because that is what is expected. That is when we conform to the world and that is what stifle’s our creativity and potential.
Be what God wants you to be. Be transformed by God and stop conforming to world. Start asking the tough questions. Stop taking everything for granted. Be like the Bereans in Acts 17:11 and make sure what is being purported as truth really is truth and not fiction or a lie. Ask Questions and Find Answers!
1. Don’t conform. This may seem simple, however, it is quite hard for most people. There are those who are cutting edge, and from the moment they were born went against the grain. But, for most of us our natural tendency is to conform to our world. This is done out of safety and to avoid risks. If you are finding yourself taking the safe route, then stop conforming and start stepping outside of your comfort zone. Maybe this means donating money, time, possessions to the poor. Maybe this means sacrificing several hours each day to write a book. Maybe this means dropping out of school and pursuing your God-given passion. It will be different for everyone, but start going against the grain today!
2. Be transformed. This has to be coupled with not conforming. If all you do is not conform, and don’t allow yourself to be transformed by God, then you are simply a rebel. God has a plan and purpose for your life (Ephesians 1:4-6). However, that plan and purpose won’t be fulfilled if you are conforming to the world. Get in tune with God through prayer and reading the Bible. These are first steps in allowing God to transform you!
3. Take a Leap of Faith. Don’t just be hearers of the Word, be doers. In his book, Primal, Mark Batterson writes that most people doubt scripture because they have never done it. It is easy to dream, to think about the woulda, coulda, shouldas, however, it takes a leap of faith to step outside your comfort zone and obey scripture. To claim the promises that God has laid out in His Word. Stop taking the easy and safe way out. Be cutting edge, be different. Stop conforming to what the world wants you to be and allow God to transform your life into what God has destined you to be become!
Stop conforming to what the world wants you to be and allow God to transform your life into what He has destined you to be become!
Question: What are you doing today to not conform to the world? What God-given dream, gift, skill, talent are you going to use today? I would love to hear your responses.
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- Life’s Roadblocks Part 3: Denial (lightandsalvation.wordpress.com)
- Life’s Roadblocks Part 2: Laziness and Procrastination (lightandsalvation.wordpress.com)
- Life’s Roadblocks Part 1: Busy-ness (lightandsalvation.wordpress.com)