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.
Romans 12:2 The Message
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind… Romans 12:2
Martin Luther King, Jr. preached a sermon about this very scripture, and he used a great example to help explain transformation. And to do that, he points to a simple thermometer and a thermostat. He says, “the thermometer merely records the temperature. If it is seventy or eighty degrees, it registers that and that is all. On the other hand, the
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