The devil wants you to conform to the world because by doing so, you cannot transform into the new creature Christ died for you to become. So what’s one to do?
Romans 12:2a AMP reads:
Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs]…
Living in the world makes it easy for us to mirror the greed, selfishness, profanity, or even the music it contains. However, by doing these things, we are complying to its rules and standards—not God’s.
And as God’s children, we are instructed to do differently. Romans 12:2b:
…but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude]…
This part of verse two is extremely deep. God says we are to be “transformed.” Meaning we must change in condition, nature, and character.
And to change to something, you must change from something.
The importance of this all is in 1 John 1:9 which says God “[continuously] cleanses us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].” As you see, the Amplified defines “unrighteousness” as everything that doesn’t conform (or comply) to righteousness.
God is holy, His Son Jesus is holy, and God requires the same of us. Holiness comes through righteousness (doing what’s right by God’s standards).
It is impossible to comply with the world’s standards and expect to please God. Your Father, God didn’t design you to conform to the world. He designed you to transform into what He designated you to be. You weren’t made for conformity and “fitting in”.
Returning to Romans 12:2b, we are to renew our entire mind, not part. As a caterpillar changes into a butterfly through metamorphosis, their entire body changes. Without a full change, they cannot function correctly as a butterfly. Likewise, for you to function correctly in the purpose God created you for you must renew your entire mind, not part.
The last part of our scripture, Romans 12:2c:
“…so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].”
Here God explains why we must renew ourselves. By changing our mindset, we will be able to know what God desires and declares as righteous.
You won’t have to wonder “Is this right or wrong? Lord, is this you speaking to me?” When your mind is renewed, “you may prove [for yourselves]” if it is of God. And, in addition to knowing what’s righteous to God, you will be able to discern what is acceptable and good for you!
Friends, don’t be a defected butterfly. Change fully. Walk in the purpose God created for you.
What do you believe Christians struggle with in not conforming? I’ll address the issues you comment with in my next article.