Conform or Be Transformed - October 15, 2021

Romans 12:2 urges, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” We can conform or we can be transformed. In Esther’s story, she and Mordecai chose at first to conform and disguise their identity. Later, they took a courageous stand.

You know, Bible characters are complex. They aren’t one-dimensional felt figures that fit easily into a Sunday school curriculum box. Moses was a murderer before he was a liberator. Joseph was a punk before he was a prince. Yes, the apostle Peter proclaimed Christ on the day of Pentecost. But he also denied Christ on the eve of the crucifixion. The people of the Bible were exactly that: real people. And, like you and me, they had their good moments, and, well, they were known to hide their faith.

Choose to be transformed.