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Don't Be a Thermometer, Be a Thermostat

Sunday, March 04, 2007


"Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking."Romans 12:2 TM


Don't be a thermometer, be a thermostat. Thermometers just reflect the climate around them - thermostats set it. Actually, they lift it! Most of us are like thermometers reflecting the culture around us. We buy things others buy, say things others say, wear things others wear, and value things others value. Oh, there are slight variations, but most of the time we don't set the climate for the world we live in; we simply adjust to it. But not overcomers! No, they take life to the next level. They become thermostats and change the environment in which they're placed. For instance, you may know people who raise the Spiritual temperature of a group or determine the attitudes of others just by being present. They're pacesetters. They influence, rather than merely allowing others to influence them. Paul's challenge to the Romans was to move from being a thermometer to being a thermostat. Listen: "Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognise what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you" (Ro 12:2 TM). God calls us to be authentic. The word authentic comes from the Greek word 'to author'. It means to read God's script for your life and then write your own story, not copy somebody else's. That's living. That's being a thermostat, not a thermometer!

Soulfood Bible Readings Ex 19-21, Luke 13:1-17, Ps 77, Pr 6:29

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