Christian Living, Inspiration, Life's Roadblocks

Life’s Roadblocks Part 4: Conformity

This is a 4-part series about life’s roadblocks. This post will focus on Conformity.

4. 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?

conformity

conformity (Photo credit: the|G|™)

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.

The Point

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!


The Solution

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!

(Click to Tweet this)


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.




I am currently working on a new project for this website. If you would like to be apart of the process please view my post titled Upcoming Project: Leap of Faith and sign up to get updates via the contact form. Or you can subscribe to my “Updates Newsletter” here http://eepurl.com/nxcwT. (I will never sell your email address or spam you). You can also go to www.generouscuriosity.com to subscribe to the newsletter. Also please feel free to share this with your friends.

Advertisements

About Aaron Coon

Christian, Writer, Speaker, Curious Observer. Married to my beautiful Stephanie & we attend @LifewayAZ. We love the Lord and want to serve Him and His people!

Discussion

3 thoughts on “Life’s Roadblocks Part 4: Conformity

  1. Now, stepping out can be in many different ways and one that was spiritually led yesterday was. Asking a teacher who has motivated me since high school to step out, she is not a believer and since 2 years ago I had been wanting to pour out what God’s done in my life. Her son passed away a few months ago and I could hear in her voice the spirit of sadness the cheerful and joyful person I once knew was gone. Finally, I stepped out and simply asked if I could pray for her, and Yes you might be rejected of laughed out but it doesn’t matter because the Lord will replace it with peace. Anyhow back to the story she laughed but then accepted, as I prayed for her she said thank you, I really needed that. So, after 2 years God had opened an opportunity to pray for someone who means alot in my life an wasn’t a believer. An what did I get out of that? I jumped with JOY!!! It’s scary to step out but once you do it the end return is so much greater. :).

    Posted by Clarra | August 9, 2012, 4:29 pm
    • That is a great story of stepping out in faith. When you mentioned the Lord giving you peace it reminds me of Philippians 4:7 (NLT) where it says “Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” That is so true. There have been a couple of times where God’s peace has come over my life and I was able to get through the tough times. His peace can also come out when we step out in faith. Thanks for sharing. Clara, You are a great encouragement and inspiration. Keep stepping out!

      Posted by Aaron Coon | August 9, 2012, 10:03 pm

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Pingback: the purpose of public educational indoctrination « power of language blog: partnering with reality by JR Fibonacci - August 20, 2012

JOIN IN THE CONVERSATION:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

To Receive Updates on my Upcoming Project Sign Up Here!

Twitter Updates

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

%d bloggers like this: