It’s a very complicated concept.
Essentially, an objective definition would be “trying to ‘fit in’ a mold peers have built.”
That could be taken to mean that you are trying to literally form yourself after other people – who are just as human as you are, just as human as Adam and Eve were, and just as human as the worst sinner.
Yes, you may have amazing friends. In no way am I judging you or your friends.
But you have to ask yourself, “Am I molding myself after a human mold?”
When you find yourself wanting to have the same hair, clothes, makeup, passion, sport, or any other thing as your friends, you’re working to earn their acceptance.
Colossians 3:23-24 reads in the English Standard Version: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
Whose acceptance should you be working your way toward?
Maybe the acceptance of heaven would be a good idea…
Romans 11:5 reads the following in the Holman Christian Standard Bible: “In the same way, then, there is also at the present time a remnant chosen by grace.”
God has formed a remnant… Not of people covered in a facade of makeup and hair and friends and football! People who will stand out among others as an example.
Not merely those who will invite their friends to their Easter service or stand up for a bullied kid, but those who want to share the Gospel without care to your own safety or acceptance.
That could mean being bold and telling your friends about Jesus. Protect yourself from junk coming in through your eyes and ears. Pray for people for healing, no matter where they are.
Never be afraid to be who God is made you to be.
To shy away from the remnant and try to fit in a mold is to not know your identity in Jesus. If you love Jesus, be like Him.
In Mark 16 in the HCSB we read, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new languages; they will pick up snakes; if they should drink anything deadly, it will never harm them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.”
These signs will accompany those who believe… Are these signs accompanying you??
In the Berean Study Bible at Luke 9:26 we read, “If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”
Don’t be ashamed!
There’s way too many people out there dying and going to Hell to be ashamed and try to slip in a pre-made mold.