Before I get started, I want to give you a little background on me. I am 17, an only child, living with my parents, and commuting to a college campus 20 minutes from home. I was homeschooled my whole life, with the exception of 7th grade, during which I went to a local Christian school. I go to church every week and attend the same weekly activities that for years. I have my little bubble, or should I say, had. This little bubble was my culture. But then college came and my little culture bubble burst and changed so much.
College was this brand new culture around me and honestly, it changed everything. Admittedly, at first, I wasn’t keeping the right friends around me and I wasn’t focused on what I should have been. But then reality hit and I realized that throughout all this change, throughout my need to find solid ground to stand on, I had God with me. I had the one person who never changes, the one things that will always stays true. Consider the following verse from the book of Hebrews:
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8 (ESV)
Think on these words with me. He is the same today as He was yesterday and He will be the same tomorrow as he is today. Not kinda the same, not even mostly the same, but the exact same. What a great comfort it is to know that regardless of the circumstances that surround us, God never changes. He is our constant in a continuously changing culture.
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:1a (NIV)
I want us to think about this word conform. When we conform to something, we are adjusting something in our lives to fit something else. This can be a good thing, because often we need to change our views to fit what God says. But it can also be a bad thing because there are times when we change our view from something that fits God to something of this world.
This is what I noticed happening when I started college. People talked about certain things and my views began to reflect my surroundings. This isn’t how we should be. As believers whose beliefs are rooted in an unchanging God, we are supposed to stand firm in our faith and what we believe–even when everything around us is changing.
I want you to notice how God is staying constant in your life. As you add things to your to-do-list, meet new people, go to classes, big or small, whatever it may be, rest in the fact that God will never change. Look at the culture around you and how it is changing. Then evaluate yourself to see if there are any ways that you are beginning to conform to this new culture around you. I know this is a very hard task but begin by trying to identify one way if you can and think about what your view is really supposed to be.