Romans 12:2-3 (NKJV) "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith."
We have all heard sayings such as “survival of the fittest” or “its a dog eat dog world” or “nice guys finish last”. There is a theory throughout our world today that you have to be ahead of everyone else, and in order to get there you have to be some what cut throat, always looking out for yourself before anyone else. In my past throughout my career, I have used this worldly way of thinking. I thought that this made me a good, strong leader, and aided me to success. Recently I was asked by a friend if I had achieved what I had because of these things, or despite all of these things. For me, it easy to let my own will or desires get in the way of what Gods will is.
My wife and I recently moved to the Las Vegas area, and I started a new job shortly after we arrived. At the beginning of this job, my thoughts were that I was quickly going to rise to the top because I was more experienced, smarter, faster, and all around better than the other employees. I was cocky, and arrogant, a complete know it all. I thought to myself, thank you God for so blessing me with this opportunity to be the best. I knew that God had given me this job for a reason, and since in my mind I was better than the other guys, it only made sense to me that it was His will that I advance through the ranks.
Over the past several weeks, I began to realize, that was my own will, but that God had something entirely different in mind for me. Last week I was fired from that job. I didn't want to work there anymore, because I had made it a very uncomfortable place to work. But I was still upset about getting fired, thinking, it's their loss, not mine. I wanted to tell them how big of a mistake they were making, and that I wasn't going to be replaced easily!
Over the course of this last week, with a lot of time to reflect, God has shown me that its time to stop letting the world govern my way of thinking. I'm nothing but a sinner and anything I have, I have because God gave it to me, not because I'm so good or smart or because I know so much that I went out and got it myself. I need to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath (James 1:19). Especially in a place surrounded by non believers, I need to be different than the world, using my gifts that the Lord has given me to show that difference comes through my having a close and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.