Romans 12:2 (NIV 1984): Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.
We are not of this world and sometimes it is so hard to be different. It is much easier to just “go with the flow” and conform to the patterns of this world. The truth is, as Christians, we are different. The moment we accept Christ as our Savior, we become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17; NIV). At that very moment, we are no longer of this world but of His world. I want to encourage you this Christmas season not to get caught up in all of the “things of this world” but allow the miraculous birth of a Savior be your focus. Western consumerism (customs of this world) so easily takes our focus off of Emmanuel “God with us” and fills our minds and days with nothing short of stress, hustle and bustle.
I encourage you to take a deep breath in and exhale. Feel that peace? Christ’s birth has peace written all over it. Christmas is all peace. What can you do different this season to make Jesus’ birth the focus of Christmas? Take great delight in being “not of this world!”
Romans 12:2 (NLT): Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV 1984): Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!