Today’s Scripture: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2

There once was a young boy whose dream was to win at the state fair with his little lamb. Since it was born, the boy had spent hours of his time to ensure that its fluffy white wool was perfection itself. Finally, the day for the fair had come. It was time to prepare his prized possession for its big debut. After he had spent another hour cleaning the lamb, he turned around to grab a brush that he had dropped on the floor. When he turned around, the lamb was gone.

The next thing he heard were squeals of delight. He ran over to the pig pen only to find his spotless white lamb playing in the mud with the piglets. Heartbroken, the boy picked up the muddy lamb. Determined, he scrubbed and brushed and scrubbed some more. Finally, the lamb was white once more, and they headed off to the fair. Thanks to the boy’s labor of love, they won first prize.

Just as that lamb had no business in the mud with the pigs, we as believers have no place frolicking with the world. The moment we are saved, Christ has made us a new creature. Old things are passed away and all things are become new. When we decide to live like an unsaved person, we are just like that little lamb getting covered in mud. Our Heavenly Father still loves us, but we are not bringing Him glory or praise. In fact, when we are acting like the world, we are an embarrassment to Him.

The Bible speaks of separation, and we must practice it in our lives. Otherwise, we will be contaminated by the world. Does this mean we should be so separated that we are never around any unbelievers? No, we are to bring the medicine to the sick, the water to the thirsty, and the light into the darkness. Separation in the Christian life means that we are not to be isolated, but insulated. We are to reach the world without becoming it. We are here to win them, not to play in the mud with them.

Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.