“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.” Romans 12:2
I would like for you to think about two items you have in your home. These two items usually are not given a lot of thought until you become uncomfortable. The first is the thermometer. By design, it tells us the temperature of our surroundings. Nothing more, nothing less. If it is hot, it will reflect a hot temperature. If it is cold, it will reflect a cold temperature. You see, the thermometer makes no direct difference in its surroundings.
The other item we often look at when we are uncomfortable in our homes is the thermostat. This also shows the temperature. However, it is vastly different than the thermometer. By design, it causes your furnace or air conditioning unit to adjust the room temperature to match the thermostat setting. If you want to feel a difference in your room temperature, you change the thermostat setting. The thermostat causes its surroundings to reflect what it is set at.
You may be thinking that this is pretty basic information and wonder what it is doing in this [blog]. You see, we each have a choice to make. Are you willing to simply reflect the culture around you? Do you want to live like a thermometer, reflecting your surroundings regardless of what is right? God would call this conforming. His instruction to you would be to no longer conform to the world but to be transformed.
As we allow God to renew our mind, we can become thermostats; individuals who stand out and influence their surroundings by their stand for what is right. I pray that as God transforms you, that you will be a thermostat in the world and not simply a thermometer.