Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer 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 12:1–2, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Too many Christians today want to blend in rather than stand out. They adopt (“conform“) the social mores of the surrounding culture (“patterns of this world“), rather than allowing the Holy Spirit to transform them. In so doing, they find themselves unable to “to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will” really is.
Christians should stand out, not blend in. And not in an offensive self-righteous way. Because righteousness does not come through the efforts of self. Rather it comes through the gift of grace.
My Advice – By His stripes we are healed. Not to blend in, but to stand out in an ever darkening world. To be spotted for what God can do for those who will believe and receive. To modify the words of an old hymn, “stand out, stand out for Jesus!”