What does Paul mean when he says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world”? The answer is best in three points.
- Conform here is from the Greek root word Schema. This word very simply means form or appearance. Think about water into steam or ice. It remains H2O, but has taken a different form. Further, it means to have the will of another imposed. A freezer imposes its will on water and makes it conform into ice.
- The language here denotes the concept that we are to stop and act that is already in progress. In other words, you are conforming to the pattern of this world, it is just a simple fact. Paul’s call for us is to halt that progress.
- Pattern of this world. There is an assault that being waged against your values, your ambitions, your passions. This world is telling you what to value, what to be passionate about, what to sacrifice for, what to strive for. Think about this idea today, how is this world trying to conform your values?