So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary lifeÃ‚Âyour sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around lifeÃ‚Âand place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.I was listening to the latest (last week's) National Community Church's talk on the "Neurology of Faith - Message 4". He used this passage and version when talking about conformity. My take-aways from this talk...
- Conformity can be another word for hypocrisy. If we conform to those around us because we want to fit in, it may not be what we really want to be.
- Our brains do not distinguish between observation and doing. Mark talks about an injured diver several years ago who practiced her dives mentally and came back quickly because the same thought processes prepared her brain.
- Pick those you hang around with carefully. It is easy to mirror those around us. If we keep our sights focused on God, we stand out in a crowd.