1 Peter 1:13-16 American brothers John and Isaiah Hyatt changed the world in 1872 by inventing the injection molding process. Through this process, plastics and other materials can be heated and forced into a mold. Once cooled, a perfectly formed object appears. Every day we pick up something created by injection molding.
When English scholar J. B. Phillips was looking for a way to paraphrase Romans 12:2 for The New Testament in Modern English (1958), the image of a mold came to mind: “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within.” The word “squeeze” pictures the pressure that is constantly exerted by sin (the flesh), the world, and the devil. The mold of the world takes many shapes, but none of them are original. They all question the authority of God—attempting to discount God’s Word and excluding Him from our priorities. As Satan said to Eve, “Has God indeed said?” (Genesis 3:1)
It is important to remember who formed our being—God has created us to be like Him—we do not fit into any other mold.
A man can be outwardly conformed to the Christian way of life while he is inwardly conformed to the spirit of this world.