It is so important to not conform to the fashions of this world and allow the world to squeeze us into its own comfortable mold. The Phillips translation of Romans 12:1-2 states, “With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to him and acceptable by him. Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-mold your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves toward the goal of true maturity.”What baggy pants have we been wearing? Click To Tweet
In recent years, especially in urban areas, we’ve seen lots of young people wearing baggy pants. What’s deep is that wearing pants in this style originated in prison. An inmate would wear his pants baggy and low, dropping off his waist to indicate to the other men that he was available for sex. This is why young people have to be very aware and careful about the styles of dress they choose and the expressions they use, because they may be sending a message that they don’t intend to send. Hopefully as they grow up, they won’t care what others think; they won’t be influenced by the styles and fashions of this world because people’s opinions of others always change; and you can’t keep up with those opinions anyway! In life we each have to ask ourselves what are the “baggy pants” that we’ve been wearing? What message might we be signaling through our habits, our words or our style of dress that we don’t intend to send? Because if we try to keep up with popular culture, if we try to fit into the world we’ll be broadcasting the world’s messages and not God’s… Rom 12:1-2 NKJV: I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
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Matthew 15:14 (NASB)
Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.
Romans 12:1 (NKJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.