Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 NIV)
There have been times when I made a decision and I truly knew it was God. There are also times, as I look back, where I may have made a decision based on the fact that everyone else was doing it.
There are some things that the word of God tells to do to guard from conforming to the pattern of this world.
1 – God wants us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33 NIV)
2 – God wants us to be transformed.
The transformation that He talks about in Romans 12:2 comes by renewing the mind.
We have to always ask the question: “Is this really what God wants me to do or am I just following a pattern that is not of God?” It is important to really seek God for everything decision that we make.
Why would we conform to the pattern of this world when God's ways are so much better?