Romans 12:2, 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.
Faithfuls are likened to a sheep. And like the features of the sheep, faithfuls have a strong inclination to follow, to go along with what other sheep in the flock are doing.
Have we ever heard of the term “sheep instinct?”
An experiment was done to some sheep that a bar was placed a foot or so across the gate. The first sheep has to jump over it to get in. The bar was removed, but the following sheep continues to jump as they pass through the gate based on what the leading sheep did.
We are like sheep. We are easily influenced by others to do the things they do without thinking the consequences. We usually buy and wear the same clothing because “everybody” is wearing it. Others have to loan a big sum of money just to cope up with their neighbors. The result is a huge debt just because of following what others did.
This inclination works against us as Christians because it can easily influence us into going the way of this world.
Let’s face the fact that the world is now ruled by self-lovers as mentioned by Apostle Paul. 2Ti 3:1 Know this also, that in the last days grievous times will be at hand. 2Ti 3:2 For men will be self-lovers, money-lovers, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 2Ti 3:3 without natural affection, unyielding, false accusers, without self-control, savage, despisers of good, 2Ti 3:4 traitors, reckless, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 2Ti 3:5 having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it; even turn away from these.
He urges us to have a knowledge on what the world will behave and as Christians we can not afford to be part of these changes. We have to stick and stay with what our faith tells us to do and continue to do the will of God no matter what other people say or do. It will take a strong willingness not to conform to what everybody around us is thinking, doing and perhaps even wearing. Such a circumstance will reveal who we really fear.