Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
This verse speaks straight to my heart each day. With all that is transpiring around us on a daily basis, how are we to be transformed by the renewal of our minds instead of conforming to the world? How will we know the will of God…what is good, acceptable, and perfect? Am I the first to have ever been confused by this passage? After all, the Lord placed us in the world…doesn’t he want us to enjoy it?
Our senses, that God blessed us with, are constantly pulling in and processing information…whether we are aware of it or not. What I am learning, is that it is imperative that we make ourselves aware of all that we are allowing to enter our belief system and our hearts. We must make it part of our nature to discern as we go along our day. We need to think about our source of discernment.
Where do we find renewal of the mind that is the will of God?
Here are some things to think about:
Will we find it in the opinions spouted in the news or on social media?
Will we find it on the pages of the magazines promoting shallow and Godless lifestyles?
Will we find it while we read the latest best sellers? You know, the ones that are edgy and trendy, covering topics that deep down we know are “just not right.” But reading is awesome and shows an open mind and intelligence…no matter what the subject, right???
Will we find it in the movies we watch, the music we listen to, or the ads and commercials we are bombarded with?
Is it found in our jobs, our entertainment, our sports, our education?
Is it found in our friends and families’ opinions?
Or maybe we can find God’s will in our faith, and in our churches?
How do we discern?
We need to really think about this. Our relationship with the Lord depends on it.
The answer is simple: Through The Word of God. The only way to discern the will of God, and to be transformed by the renewal of your mind, is to know God through His Word. Immerse yourself in it. Align yourself to His Word and His Ways. His Truth is unchanging.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you and fill you with His Love. Pray for Wisdom. Pray for His direction. Little by little, step by step, your eyes, ears and heart will be open to His ways. You will KNOW He is with you.
You will learn to discern.
You will start to notice the changes in your heart, mind and soul. And your love for Jesus will fill you up and draw you closer to Him. You will no longer be interested in the false enticements of the world, and will continuously look for ways to align yourself with Him.
You will find that you have no desire to be conformed to this temporary, shallow world…your transformation through His will and His Word will journey you toward an eternity in heaven with your Heavenly Father.