16 Feb How the Gospel is Changing Me Today
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” (Romans 12:2 ESV)
I am a huge TV show nerd. I love all sorts of shows, from Frasier to the West Wing to Stranger Things. When I was in college we gathered in the lobby of our dorm room to watch one of the greatest shows ever, LOST. About twenty guys would be crowded around arguably one of the smallest TVs ever made as we became mesmerized, and at times confused, with the character development and intricate connections between the characters of this storyline.
I recently began re-watching this series and have again become captivated by these characters. To summarize for those of you who have never watched this show, a plane crashes on a mysterious island. Over the next few months the survivors of this crash begin to discover that there is more to the island than meets the eye.
What intrigues me the most is that the majority of the main characters on the island are somehow connected. Before the plane crash, their lives were linked and they didn’t even realize it. However, the problem was that they quickly discovered that even when you’re stranded on an island with a group of seeming strangers, your past is never far behind you.
I think there is something to say about that and about the way we live in the Gospel:
- Before Christ, our pasts have a tendency to bring back feelings of worthlessness and brokenness.
- Our pasts can also tempt us to believe that life was “easier” or “better” before Christ.
In other words, there is a constant battle to fight the temptation to believe that the Gospel really hasn’t transformed me. Essentially Paul says to the church in Rome, “It is not possible to be conformed to or transformed by God AND be conformed to or transformed by the world at the same time.” I cannot tell you the times, almost daily, where thoughts of sin in my past have come back to the front of my mind and made me think one of two things: 1) I have no value, or 2) life was a lot more “fun” back then.
The truth is that our behavior can be influenced away from God when we forget that the gospel has transformed us. When this happens we allow our past or present broken situation to shape us.
The people stranded on the island were hoping to start over and begin new lives where they would be able to flee the things they had done. But instead they found that it was much easier to conform to the same worldly persons and behaviors they were before the plane crash. Similarly we have been given the opportunity to begin new lives. We are offered lives set free from our sin and shame, lives where we are transformed by the healing power of the gospel.
Today be reminded of the transformation and renewal that the cross has brought you. Rest in the truth that you are no longer conformed to this world, but you have been brought into a new life in Christ.