If you think about it (and you probably never had), Jell-O is an odd food. It starts out as a powder, and once you add boiling water to it and let it set it becomes semi-hard. It jiggles and wiggles and tastes awesome!
When I was a kid my grandmother would always make my favorite Jell-O if she knew I was coming over. She would take a can of fruit cocktail and add it or bananas to strawberry Jell-O. To this day, when I taste strawberry Jell-O with fruit cocktail I am immediately transported back to my grandma’s kitchen table, and once again I am with my second-best girl.
Jell-O has no shape of its own. It takes the shape of whatever you pour it into. I think a lot of people are like that. They become just like the people and the world around them. This leaves them shapeless and without any sense of being. If you mold them like fish they become fish, if you shape them like Christians they act like Christians. If they are surrounded by people doing wrong, they will do wrong.
Paul warned the church in Rome about this. He told them, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2, TLB)
What is shaping your behavior on a day-to-day or minute-to-minute basis? Is it the world around you, or is it God? Are you making a stand for what is right wherever you go, no matter who you are with? Or do your friends and the people around you dictate your actions, attitudes and words?
So how do you stand on your own? You follow the second half of Romans 12:2, “let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” A lot of people say they have given God their lives, but they haven’t given God the way they think. They still see their sin as inconsequential, when God sees it as debilitating. They make excuses for their weaknesses, when God is offering them all the power and strength they need to change their lives for the better. The key isn’t just giving God your life, it is giving God your mind. When he changes the way you think, you see people differently. When he changes the way you think, you see yourself differently. You also see him differently.
Hungry for some of Grandma’s Jell-O … Jerry
Jerry Godsey can be reached at email@example.com or through his blog, The View From The Pew, at www.jerrygodsey.com