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Romans 12:1

Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity. (JB Phillips)

Last week we looked at the thought of what is required of us by God – he wants us, not just what we do, but us. To be his living sacrifices, our bodies are his.

This week we recognised that the body and the mind are connected – God wants the whole of us. We are told this time and agains; Jesus told his disciples that we are to love God with all our heart all our soul and all our mind.

There are only two options love the world or love God. We either conform, being shaped by the values, the expectations, the pressures of the world around us, or we are to be transformed. Changed made new.

That’s the choice, God and relationship wth him, or the world, the systems around us that change and fade, that come and go.

The two are on a collision course, the Kingdom of God, and the systems that are against God. The battle goes on, but the final outcome is certain.

We aren’t left on our own – we can be transformed by the work of the Holy Spirit, we can take responsibility for what we will do, what we will listen to, time spent in the world of God and time spent talking with God.

We can be transformed – how cool is that!! Do you know what that means? That almighty God is so passionate about you, that he will equip you to be the person you are designed to be – not what the world says you should be, but what God says you are to be