God calls us to be in the world but not of the world. This means that--while we are on the earth, we need to live for Him only. According to this Scripture, we are not to follow the behavior and customs of this world by allowing their influence rub off on us. At first, this behavior may appear harmless--such as watching TV or being online for hours, copying someone's homework, gossiping with your friends, etc. But we need to recognize this behavior as worldy; that way, we can prevent ourselves from partaking in these sins.
Let's also do as this Scripture suggests and allow God to transform us into a new person by meditating on thoughts that are pleasing to Him. For instance, rather than judging the girl in school who gets on your nerves, instantly recognize this as the world's behavior. Then, put your mind on Christ so that you do not act on this sinful thought.
You may not see the immediate reward, but trust me, it will come. And this reward involves living in accordance to God's incredible plan for your life. Romans 12:2 says that this plan is, "good, and pleasing, and perfect." =)
- Have you ever been tempted to follow the behavior and customs of this world? What was the result? +2 pts
- What is the biggest struggle you face in applying this Scripture to your life? +2 pts
- List specific ways you can put this Scripture into action in your own life. (Example: Spend more time in God's Word, allowing Him to transform your mind so that you can have strength to resist the temptation of this world.) +2 pts
- Have you experienced the reward that comes with following God as opposed to following the world? +2 pts
- Discuss your own reflection of this Scripture (as I did above -- at least one paragraph). +5 pts