Everybody Else is Doing It
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2
As my children were growing up, I would often be asked by them why they could not do something. That question would often be followed by the statement that “everybody else gets to do it, so why can’t I.” It seems as though they got the idea that just because everybody is doing something that is must be the right thing to do.
When my children would press me on this issue, I would remind them that we are not going to do what everybody else does. Instead, I would tell them that we were going to follow what God would have us to do. You see everybody else did not die on the cross for our sins so we need to follow the One who did do that for us.
It is true and also sad many times we allow this culture to shape how we act, think, and even dress. Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 that we should not “copy the behavior and customs of this world.” Then he makes an incredible statement when he says “but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
What does Paul mean by that statement? Paul is instructing us to allow the Word of God to transform our minds and change the way we think. In essence, he is instructing us to develop a Biblical worldview. We will be transformed as we study God’s Word, apply it to our lives, and allow it to be the single source of authority for our lives and decision making.
How, though, do we change our thinking? The Bible will give us the precepts and principles upon which we can make decisions that will honor God. It will also give us clear insight to what is wrong and right for our lives. Through this process, we develop the courage to not be concerned with what the culture is doing but instead will help us as Paul says “to know God’s will for you.”
I have learned over the years the value of allowing God to transform my heart and my thinking. A great preacher of yesteryear A.W. Tozier best describes the idea of what it feels like to allow God to transform your thinking when he declared:
“I am your servant to do your will, and that will is sweeter to me than position or riches or fame, and I choose it above all things on Earth or in Heaven.” ― A.W. Tozer
My prayer is that we would never be concerned with what everybody is doing but our focus would instead be on growing in our relationship with God and allowing Him to renew our hearts and minds daily!