‘Do not conform 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
As children, we have the tendency to not have much of a care about what goes on around us. What others say about us. What’s on the news. What the latest fashion trends are. We are completely oblivious that there is a giant working world around us and only care about what we can see with our own two eyes.
As teenagers and adults, the fantasy world we once lived in is rocked and we are forced to comprehend the Earth and its workings around us. In middle and high school, we get a great glimpse into the worldly standards: gossip, drama, and trends.
I myself have fallen into believing that what others say about you and think about you is most important, as that is what the world tells young men and women. The world also tells us that swearing, partying, and only caring about yourself is okay. That life needs to be all about you and your ‘privileges’ and your ‘rights’. That everyone else is to blame for your mistakes.
But let me be the first to say that that is not true.
We, as Christians and believers in God’s Truth, must not conform to the world’s behaviors. We must not dress a certain way or act a certain way to get the approval of those around us.
We must keep our hearts and our bodies pure of sin and do what God has called us to do, rather than what we feel pressured to do by society.
We must avoid gossip and slander because God calls us to ‘not let any unwholesome talk come out of [our] mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs’ (Ephesians 4:29).
We must dress with modest intent so as to not lead others to sin in their thoughts.
We must keep our mouths clean of curses and only speak life into those around us.
We must not allow the pressures of society to make us into people we are not.
God is above all things, and He only deserves the glory. We must live our lives to glorify Him and spread the things that He has done, and we cannot do that by acting and dressing like the people who do not believe that. Being like everyone else gets you nowhere in the Kingdom of God. We must stand out by walking in faith so that others may be influenced by our differences and see just how amazing a life in Christ can be.