January 12, 2020
Scripture: Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Thought for the Day: Transforming and renewing are the life ambitions of those who wish to be participants in the good and acceptable and perfect things of God – the will of God. Steady and unchanging might be attributes assigned to God, but not to us. If we believe our task it to be steady and unchanging, then we are suggesting that we are God. There is a hint of the divine, a spark of the holy that is found within each of us, but we are also a mix of insecurity, pettiness, selfishness and greed. Those are things that need transforming and renewing, and with each moment of reshaping and reclaiming by the Spirit, we discover something else yet unchanged. Both individuals and the corporate body known as the church require ongoing transformation and renewal. Let us be thankful that we are not still justifying slavery or women as lesser humans by cheery-picking scriptures that revealed, not the heart of God, but the cultural context of the ancient world. Let us not arrogantly assume that we now have risen to the level where transformation and renewal are no longer required. Instead, let us be those who our grandchildren will look back upon and say, “Wow, they sure were willing to risk and ask the hard questions that so few others were willing to do.”
Prayer: As you continue to be gracious to me, Wonderful God, I promise to remain open to what your Spirit is seeking to do within me and through me. There is much that I do not know, and in my unknowing, there are certainly things I am doing that are not your will. Forgive my ignorance and blindness, and then restore me as one with a more clear vision of what it means to be a good human being, living acceptably in your sight, and seeking to make all of creation a little more perfect for all. Amen.
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