Romans 12:2, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”
I struggle at times to know whether I am being led by my will or the will of God. Today I will share on some principles from a verse you have heard or read many times.
First I pick two words “CONFORMED” and “TRANSFORMED” from the verse. The bible says, “do not be conformed to this world“. Conformed is to act or be in accord or be in agreement with something, in this case the world. How will you know the will of God when the world sets up your standard? What you respond to the most will dictate where your life will lead. If you are conformed to the world, you do things and become like the world. For example dating the unsaved, whoever you are dating at one point will pull you to his or her side and you will agree with things that you had purposed never to do. You have moral standards, they may not have or if they do, they could create their own. 2Corinthians 6:17, “Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.”; 2Corinthians 6:14, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”; Psalm 1:1, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…” No need to pray for a situation like this to see if it’s God’s will for your life. He has already given us guidelines of knowing His will in the area of relationships and marriage. You are canceling the will of God in your life by being yoked to the unbeliever. By the way, this is for our own good.
TRANSFORMED is to change the nature, function or condition in other words convert. Why not use the word improve instead? The reason is this, the things of the world in someone’s life are not worth improving. They need transformation, not with what it has but by something or someone foreign to it, 2Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new“. When we come to Christ, our old nature is not improved but changed, made new Jeremiah 18:4, “…he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make”. The potter did not improve the existing vessel, He took the same broken material conformed to this world and transformed it into another vessel.
Who will make a vessel if He has nothing to put in it, unless He makes it because He wants to pour HIS WILL in it, Luke 5:37, “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined”. Because we are made new, we have new desires, new dreams, new ambitions, our old selfish things are gone because we are transformed. One of God’s will for our lives is to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Why our mind? Romans 8:7; “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God; nor indeed can be”; Colossians 1:21, “And you; who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works; yet now He has reconciled”. The mind is the stumbling block we have to overcome, it fights the will of God. To finish. Blessings Ev, God’s servant