December 28, 2009

A 'Red Room' Response

New responses are necessary for the new thing that God is doing. So consider unfamiliar responses as part of what is new in order for you to completely benefit from the new thing that God has done. If we continue to require the same responses, then there is a great possibility that we will miss the meaning of the new thing that God is doing. In other words, when you respond to God in a new way, with a new attitude, or with a new perspective, and those around you do not respond to you in the way you expect them to respond, don’t be amazed. That is proof that they have not yet responded to the new thing in the same way that you have.

The new way, the new thing, the new perspective requires a thought process that shifts you out of the way you used to do things and into the way God desires for you to do the new things. Remember, new is new—it is not rearranged. It is not glossed over. It is not painted. It is totally new.

When a room is painted, it looks new, but it is really the same room. It is your perspective—therefore your responses—that become new. Your response to a red room might be to trim it with white or other complementary colors. Likewise, a blue room would initiate responses in-line with blue and that color perspective. Your responses will change based on the information presented. To consistently respond exactly the same way ‘no matter what color the room,’ means it is possible that your perception is off, distorted, or skewed. When response matches perception it always makes sense.

So when you change your response to God and then people don’t respond to you the same old way, that is an indication that you are new—and that is a good thing. When we decide pray an impromptu prayer in response to God, someone will be blessed. When we decide to change our attitude towards someone and to love them in spite of their behavior, then we are blessed and God is pleased. When we decide to honor God (right then and right there) by changing our response to Him, then we are blessed and God is pleased.

“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.” Romans 12:2