I’ve referred before to J B Phillips’ memorable translation of the first part of Romans 12v2: “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within”. Perhaps we may picture a mould into which jelly is poured which, when set, clearly reflects the particular shape of the mould. One of the great challenges any Christian faces is being squeezed into a mould shaped by the thinking, values and priorities of the world around us. How can we avoid this and instead be re-moulded by God? Books galore have been written seeking to answer this question although, as always, we find the definitive guidance in the Bible. As with many things in the Christian life there is a part we must play, and a part that God plays.
A lovely verse to help us is 2 Corinthians 3v18: “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit”. A vital ministry of the Holy Spirit is, therefore, in re-moulding all of us into Christ-likeness. Do we really believe this? Do we seek that ongoing filling of the Holy Spirit to achieve this (Ephesians 5v18)? Have we allowed some ‘veil’ to come between us and the Lord?
This re-moulding (or “being transformed”) is clearly a life-time process – so don’t give up if you’ve been a bit squeezed recently – but don’t let the jelly harden! And be encouraged – God’s end-goal, which He will achieve, is that “when He [Jesus] appears, we shall be like Him” (1 John 3v2), perfectly re-moulded.
Peace and Grace