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12/16/2015

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Molded By The Lord's Teachings


"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that is good and acceptable and perfect will of God" (Rom.12:2).

In the illustration of the potter and the clay, the clay is molded by the potter's hand. For you and I as His disciples, this means that we are molded by the teachings of Jesus. I think that today's verse explains this process perfectly... When it comes to being followers of Jesus, we are to be non-conformists to this world and where it would have us go, and what it would have us do... Simply put, Christians are just not supposed to be like everyone else in the world. Next comes the transformation. For those of you who know a bit of biology, you are familiar with the "metamorphosis" of certain insects like butterflies and moths. The word transformation comes from the Greek word metamorphous. When we become Jesus' disciples, we are also to change into another form. First it takes place in a spiritual way, and then it is expressed outwardly in our character and conduct... We are not molded to be an ornament, but to be useful and prepared for every good work... The Bible tells us the form that Christians are supposed to take... "My dear children,for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you" (Gal.4:19). It is our goal as followers of Jesus to want to be like Jesus and bear His fruit... "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.." (Gal.5:22). More about our transformation tomorrow...

Have a great day... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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