“When in Rome, do as the Romans.” You hear this phrase used regularly. Many of you read the title to this blog devotion and could complete the ancient motto without looking. I look around and see so many people living out this motto. Society and culture determine what is the norm and we all conform to it. But Paul warned us and his fellow Romans to run from this conformity: “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

Read Philippians 4:8-9. How are we to think? How are we to live? Is it as the Romans?

Our society lives in a modern-day Rome. I have walked the ancient streets of Rome and learned many of their ancient customs. Shockingly, many are similar to ours today. Are you a Roman? Are you a Christian doing as the Romans? Or are you a Christian who is called to a higher standard by a loving God?

Today’s Challenge: List one or two items that you do that is very Roman like. Then, write the steps that you must take to change the Roman behavior over to one that God approves of. Share this desire to change with someone who will keep you accountable and check on your progress. Determine now when you will begin this change. Pray. Ask God to give you the desire to change and the help to follow through.

MOM’s Challenge: It is true that our children learn better by our actions than by our words. We can tell them repeatedly not to do something, but if we do it, they eventually will do it too. What Roman like actions do you portray that you do not want your children to repeat. Determine today to stop all Roman behaviors before you children learn to do the same. Make your children’s atmosphere a Godly one, not one ruled by Roman values.

MOMS – What Roman activities do or did you notice in yourself? Have you seen it in other mothers? Any ideas on ways of changing that behavior into one that God approves of and that will help our children grow in a Godly atmosphere?