Summary: How Should We Avoid Being Conformed to the Pattern of This World? (Rom. 12:2)
Try memorizing and meditating on at least one new verse every morning and watch how God will renew, refresh and refine your outlook on everything.
2. Paul teaches us that the best way to avoid conforming to the world is to pro-actively be transformed in your perspectives. Changing our perspectives is best done by developing goals to be more like Christ while engaging in service for His kingdom’s priority purposes.
The problem that most people have in conforming to this world is that they fail to take initiative in transformation and incarnation, but simply react to whatever problem comes along.
Jesus gives us a great example of one who started off each day by initiating spiritual renewal. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” (Mark 1:35)
Jesus knew that whatever He thought about first thing in the morning would set the pattern for his thinking the rest of the day. Why not commit yourself to spending at least the first fifteen minutes of every morning praying and reading God’s word. Commit your ways to the Lord and He will then direct and prosper your paths. To do otherwise is to wait for the pressures, problems and perceptions of the world to press you into its mold.
Illustration: Having consistently spent at least an hour with the Lord every morning for the past twenty-eight years, it has done more to help me abide in Christ than any other thing. I have taken the promise that Jesus gave to Mary in Luke 10:38-42, “Mary has chosen the one needful thing which shall not be taken away from her.”
3. Paul urges his readers to avoid the prevailing humanistic trends of the world by relying on God’s Spirit to direct you. Americans are proud of their ability to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. We like being free to think and speak according to our first amendment rights.
Illustration: The secular-humanistic voice in our society says, “I can do all things through me!” There is a subtle belief in most of the media personnel that says, “Each person has the solution to their problems hidden in their inner being. If they will just reach down deep, everyone can find in themselves the answers to their deepest needs.”
Quote: James Dobson stated, “The secular humanistic system of values has now become the predominant way of thinking in most of the power centers of society.” We must guard against the subtle influences that the secular-humanistic world has upon us.
Paul advised the Christians in Rome to not be fashioned after the heathen world since they now were children of God. Obedient children tend to want to become more like their Father because they want to please Him in all respects.
What are you doing to please your heavenly Father?
4. Paul urges his readers to listen to the voice of God instead of other influences. We tend to become like those who we most associate with. We also think according to the voices that we pay the most attention to. So what can we do to make sure we are listening to the right voices? You may also be thinking