“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
god's will and the renewed mind published week of jUNE 13, 2021
Should we move to this house? Which church should we join? Is this the right job for me? Where should I attend school? Should I marry this person? How should I deal with this boss in my life?
This is just a sampling of some questions many people ask throughout their lifetime. Decisions, decisions, decisions, . . . we are constantly faced with decisions and based upon the choices we are given, many times the choices we make will in some way shape our future. These and other questions seem to never go away. As followers of Jesus Christ, we desire to know and do His will but that does not mean we are exempt from a plethora of questions that sometimes have no clear answer. In fact, it often seems there are more questions than answers. After all, we cannot open the Bible and find specific answers to all of life’s questions. This leaves us with another question, what should I do or some variant like where should I go?
Romans chapter 12 addresses this very subject. In this chapter, the Apostle Paul uses two contrasting ideas: conforming to the pattern of this world and being transformed by the renewing of your mind. This is key because only when we quit conforming – and allow God’s Spirit to transform us – will we be able to know God’s will. In other words, we must stop thinking and acting according to the world’s way of doing things. Instead, we must allow God to make us into someone entirely different – someone new.
Notice that transformation happens to a believer, while conformation is something done by a person. It is as if the command, “Do not conform,” is the negative while the words, “be transformed” accentuates the positive. Transformation takes place through a renewed mind. The word renewing in this verse means, “a renovation; a complete change for the better.” God is the architect and the builder of a renewed mind. If we continue to look for God’s will without the renewed mind, we will only end up frustrated and weary.
“Heavenly Father, I choose to offer myself to You as a living sacrifice. I give you permission to transform me from the inside out by Your Spirit. Please reveal to me any areas of my life where I may be conforming to this world. It is only when my whole heart is on Your altar that I may know Your will in every situation and circumstance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”