Have you ever noticed that the world system in which we live, is a mold? In the same way molten metals are poured into a mold and are formed into the shape of it, so are the lives of the masses poured into the mold of the world. Most people who are poured into this mold remain there and harden like metal. Soon they are perfectly formed by the system as were the designs of devil who poured them in.
The Saints’ Battle With The World
So what happens to those who are destined for a higher calling than the corruption of this world? Do we simply, after being born again, not have to deal with the system around us? Obviously we do, but it’s our job not to be formed by the mold we may find ourselves in. As the stream of molten humanity flows into the mold and we find ourselves in the midst of them, it is our job to swim against that current and get out of that mold before we set and harden.
This takes perseverance, a willingness to face rejection, and a great desire to live outside the mold. How do we accomplish this in a practical sense?
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – ESV
Renewing Our Minds
So the reason most people are conformed to the world is most likely because of a corrupt mind. We need daily renewal for our minds to stay away from the draw of this corruption and the deadly mold we are naturally so attracted to.
Though our minds naturally would like to gravitate toward sin and death, we are commanded to focus on things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely commendable, excellent and worthy of praise. This is challenging. There is a deluge of all things opposite of this list, beckoning, enticing, manipulating and goading us toward the midst of it’s torrent.
Challenging But Possible
But God has given us grace to do certain things. We have His Word, and each of us, if we choose to prioritize it, can begin each day eating of the spiritual food His Word offers before stepping into the buzz of life. Also, we can make goals in relationships—cutting ties with those who feed from darkness and connecting with those who find joy in the Light.
What music are we listening to? Does it draw us to the Father, or push us deeper into the world? What are we watching on our phones, tablets and televisions? Is our reading material edifying? What entertains us? What captivates our hearts? Our minds? Our imaginations? The answers to these questions tells us a lot about where we stand in our resistance to the world system and in the renewal of our minds.
Let’s make the work of resisting the world as light a job as possible by surrounding ourselves with things and people that draw us to the Kingdom.