The world is constantly trying to influence our thinking; constantly trying to mold us into what they would like for us to be. But as Christians, God expects us to be different. Rather than “go with the flow of the world” we are to be transformed, or changed, according to God’s will. To the church at Rome the apostle Paul wrote, “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)
As Christians, we are to consider ourselves pilgrims on this earth, sojourners passing through on our way to heaven (I Peter 2:11). We are to realize our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). As strangers on this earth (I Peter 2:11) we are to set our affection on things above, rather than on the things of this world (Colossians 3:1-2). Rather than allow the world to shape us into what they would have us be, we are to be changed into what God wants us to be.
Today, I am determined to resist the temptation to be conformed to the world.