A few short days ago I got a chance to teach my young grandson how to draw a picture onto tracing paper. From that, he transferred the design to another paper, again by tracing. In this exercise, he was conforming the new drawing to the size and shape of the first picture. Hence, the second drawing looked like the first one.
As I observed his progress, this Bible verse came to mind:
“And be not conformed to this world,
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind
that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Romans 12:2 KJV
In The World Book Dictionary, conform means “to become the same in form; correspond in form or character.”
What an opportunity to teach a spiritual lesson! I explained that tracing made one new image look like the original. As the Holy Bible says in the verse above,
- we can choose to obey and not be conformed to the things of this world
- or, we can choose to ignore this instruction and become conformed to this world.
Self-centered lives, pride, greed, disregard for God, family, and life are but a few qualities that prevail in this world. We can choose to not be conformed to all of that by allowing God’s Word to renew our minds. The Holy Bible can make us like Jesus, “the Word that was made flesh and dwelt among us, . . . full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 KJV
Let’s all learn from this little object lesson, and choose to look like Christ.
photo credit:Deena Hall