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In one of my radio messages I made the statement, “God does not expect us to be comfortable—but
He does expect us to be conformable." No sooner had the program ended than my office
phone rang and an anonymous listener wanted to argue with me about that statement.
Conformable to what?” the voice thundered. “Haven’t you trail Romans 12:2—‘Be not conformed to
this world’?”
“Sure I’ve read Romans 12:2,” I replied. “Have you read Romans 8:29? God has predestined us ‘to be
conformed to the image of His Son.’”
After a long pause (I was glad he was paying the phone bill),
he grunted and said, “OK.”
comfortable or conformable: that is the question. If we are looking for comfortable lives, we will
protect our plans and desire, save our lives, and never be planted. But if we yield our lives and let God
plant us, we will never be alone but will have the joy of being fruitful to the glory of God.
Verse for today: “He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall
find it” (Matthew 10:39).
Consider: John 17:21-26; Romans 8:28-29; 12:2.
Action assignment: “And be not conformed to this world” is the goal of those who wish to be
conformed to the image of Christ. Examine your lifestyle. If you find a comfortable rut that opposes
your becoming conformed to Christ’s image, reject that rut. Through prayer and purposeful action you
can get out of “comfortable” ruts.

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