16 May An Internally Ordered Life – Part 2
“Beware of the barrenness of a busy life.”
In the early days of pastoring this church, I found myself caught in that dilemma of busyness. Busyness was what seemed to control my life. And what I learned was that busyness leaves you feeling like life is out of control. So for me, something had to give!
In addition, my dad, who founded the church, had a heart attack at age 47 followed by heart surgery several years later. His advice to me was, ‘don’t do things the way I did’. So now I am looking at change and wondering how I manage that? The truth was that the outer world of activity had control of my life and schedule! When I read the phrase ‘BEWARE of the barrenness of a busy life’, it resonated.
Finally, I came to the Bible and read Romans 12:1-2:
“Be not conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”
That phrase, ‘be not conformed to the world,’ could be translated, ‘don’t let the world squeeze you into its mold.’ For many in our world, they believe that busyness is a virtue. If you don’t believe that just think how often busyness comes up in the average conversation. It means that your life is controlled by forces outside yourself. Then, at some point, busyness produces frustration. Either you’re frustrated or people around you are frustrated with you.
It became apparent a transformation was in order. But that was difficult because people tend to judge you by the amount of busyness in your life. Plus, you just can’t stop and put life on hold while you make the necessary adjustments. So it became apparent that a transformation needed to take place. The Greek word for transformation is metamorphosis. It is a biological change where in body structure.
Transformation involves truth and realignment in one’s life. It begins internally and eventually alters the external. And that is how Christianity works, it is an internal transformation that results in an external change. The concept of transformation leads us to our second principle.
Principle #2: If my life is in order it is because I make the choice to monitor regularly the state of my inner world of the spiritual, since it controls the outer world of activity.
Proverbs 4:23 says it this way:
‘Keep your heart with all vigilance for from it flows the spring of life.’
The heart in the Bible is the ‘control room’ where things need to be monitored.
Considering these concepts should cause you to realize that this ‘transformation’ that Paul speaks about in Romans is a process not an event.
It begins when I slow down and take time to monitor the state of my inner world. The million dollar question is this:
Am I going to monitor my inner world (heart) so that I can influence the world in which I live or am I going to allow the outer world to shape me?
That was my dilemma. I am still in the process of transformation. How are you doing?