DAY 13: INFILTRATION & TRANSFORMATION
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform 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.
In his book “Engaging the Soul of Youth Culture,” Walt Mueller presents three ways we can choose to engage with the world around us.
- Accommodation (or the church on a leash): We simply join in with what we see happening around us. When looking at us and examining our lives, it is hard to see a difference between us and those who do not claim Christianity.
- Alienation (or the church in a bunker): We circle the wagons up and avoid any chance of getting “the world” on us. Non-Christians are the enemy and we find ourselves more offended by the sin around us than we are provoked to be a part of the restorative and redemptive work of Jesus.
- Infiltration & Transformation (or the church in the world but not of the world): We recognize we have been redeemed by God but also called by Him to be agents of redemption in this world. This is clearly the attitude Paul is taking up in this Romans passage. What if we were to take up the same attitude toward our kids?
Pray for your student that he/she may live as an agent of infiltration & transformation.
In light of your mercy and as an act of worship, I offer up _____________ to you as a living sacrifice. I pray that as he/she steps into this culture, you would keep _____________ from being conformed to its patterns, but instead he/she would be transformed by the renewing of his/her mind. God, I believe your promise for ________________, that in these steps he/she will be able to test and approve what your good, pleasing and perfect will is.