“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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 12:1-2).
This is one of the most practical Scriptures on separation from the world. To be conformed means to be pressed into a mold, to be fashioned according to a likeness. It is the Greek word suschematizo, which is the basis of the English term “schematic,” referring to a drawing or representation of an object. The god of this world designed the schematic for this evil world system (Eph. 2:1-3). The world is very aggressive and evangelistic and enticing. It wants to shape our lives by its standards, its fashions, its entertainment, its principles, its philosophies, its music. The child of God must take his stand against the world’s conforming pressure in every area of his life. We must remember that the world does not love us and the world has no wisdom. To follow the ways of the world is foolish and short-sighted. God loves us and God is wisdom, and His ways are right and good and eternal. Romans 12:1-2 not only exhorts us not to be conformed to the world, it explains how we can have victory over the world.
First, the way to be victorious over the world is to have a sold-out, self-sacrificing, passionate relationship with Jesus Christ, as we see in verse 1. The reason why so many young Christians are captured by the world is because they either have never been born again or they have never surrendered fully to Christ and they are not walking with Him day-by-day in intimate fellowship.
Second, the way to be victorious over the world is to have one’s life transformed by the renewing of the mind. The internal pressure to resist the world must be greater than the external pressure to be conformed, and this internal pressure to resist the world comes through the Word of God and the Spirit of God. The believer that fills his heart and mind with Scripture, not just as a vain exercise, but as a passionate way of life, will have the wisdom and power to resist the world.
Third, the way to be victorious over the world is through pursuing the perfect will of God. A moving object is not easily stopped. If the believer is passionately pursuing God’s will for his or her life, and is busy serving God with enthusiasm, he will not be easily turned aside by the vanities of the world.
(Friday Church News Notes, May 11, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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