Don’t Conform to This Age
Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
It can be difficult to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice. One hard aspect of it is the matter Paul will deal with here. This danger is a great threat to spirituality.
The world is always luring us, wooing us, seeking to seduce us. Every believer feels pressure to conform. This threat is a temptation we must resist.
Romans 12:2a Do not be conformed…
The picture drawn here is a sculpture whose outward form is being molded into a particular shape. Paul was telling us our outward lives, our lifestyles, must not be patterned after the manners, customs, opinions, attitudes, beliefs, philosophies, styles, habits, and impulses that predominate the culture we live in.
Paul had no illusions. He knew, though we are citizens of Heaven, we still have to live in this evil world. The strong pull of its enticements is ever with us.
The Christian’s situation is complicated further by the fact that by nature human beings are imitators. We are social creatures who tend to copy one another.
In its proper place this instinct is good. It provides social stability and order. However, this tendency can easily become a stumbling block for Christians. In our desire to please those around us, we can often be tempted to forego pleasing God.
A believer’s lifestyle must not be determined by the f