My freshman year of high school I ran around with a really bad crowd of people that I considered to be my friends. I wanted to fit in so badly that I was willing to turn away from God and His holiness. I let those around me influence me in a negative way and gave into peer pressure. I chose to give up my righteous living for sinful living because I thought that was the only way I would be accepted.
By the time I was fourteen, I had developed a drinking problem. I would go to school tipsy and act like a fool in my classes. I drank just about every weekend at my “sleep overs” and lied to my mom about what I was actually doing. I cussed like a sailor and had no respect for authority. I got too serious with a guy who wasn’t worth my time. I lost myself and I lost God along the way of trying to fit in and make friends.
Fast forward nine years later and I haven’t touched a drink of alcohol since I was eighteen years old. I haven’t cussed since I was seventeen years old. I haven’t tried to fit in with those around me. I am a completely different person today. You can also be radically transformed today as well, but it’s up to you to make that change.
Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
The bible teaches us to not conform to this world. It teaches us to be in the world, but not of the world. The word of God teaches us that it is possible to live a sinless life. We learn just how to live righteously through the word of God.
If we’re sinning, we’re not living to please God or do His will. But if we’re living a sinless life, following after holiness and righteousness, we will live up to the standards God has placed before us.
Living in a military community is often times hard for Christians. I know firsthand how hard it is to find friends who serve the Lord. I have yet to find any that are likeminded and it can be discouraging because we all need that godly fellowship with other believers.
The one piece of advice I can give each of you reading today is this: Be wise on who you let into yours and your families lives.
Don’t conform to the communities you are living in today just to make friends and to not be alone. Don’t compromise on your beliefs just because other spouses have a problem with how you live and practice your faith. Instead of compromising, be bold and courageous for the Lord and His word. Live out your faith so boldly that your light dispels the darkness around you.
Ephesians 6:19 says, “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,”