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”
We looked at “conformed” and “transformed”, two key things to lead us to know the will of God. In this session let’s look at the last part of vs. 2, “…that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”. From the beginning of this verse, I see a wide angle and the more you read and study it word by word, the more you can see how it’s being condensed to a common denominator “…perfect will of God“.
While I was in school in my math class, I was taught about the common denominator which means a quantity into which all the denominators of a set of fractions may be divided without a remainder. A commonly shared theme, a place where it ends, its final destination. Let’s break it into phrases “…that you may prove“. To prove, you have to establish truth and determine the quality by testing. The bible says 2Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. …unless indeed you are disqualified”. This is the greatest test of all, seeing if you are in the faith (saved), then in 1Thessalonians 5:21,”Test all things; hold fast what is good“. 1John 4:1, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; …“. It all comes back to, are you in the faith and what does the Word of God have to say about a situation.
Next to tackle “…what is good and acceptable“. Something can be good but it may not be good for you for a number of reasons. It could destroy you by making yo forget God, pride, selfishness to mention a few. For example riches are good, God is the author of it but it’s not good for some people. Solomon said, “Do not give me riches lest I forget you“(paraphrased). Your character has to be enlarged if God is going to bring it your way. A number cannot be trusted with more good things because they have not utilized what God gave them before. In other words, they cannot be trusted with more. You can see this being narrowed down, it has to be approved according to His Word, it has to be good and acceptable just for you, now let’s look at the last part “…and perfect will of God”. I believe that when we are not conformed but transformed and we have approved what is good and acceptable, we will have no problem knowing the perfect will of God in our lives in most situations. The reason being, when we have narrowed it down, all we are left with is to see one way out, God’s way of bringing victory through His will.
“…Thy will be done” is our common denominator, all we need are things that get us ready to know His will and then yield to His will. If your will is in conflict with His will, you abandon your will and you submit to His. May He teach us how to be in His will. I am still learning, how about you? Be blessed Evans, God’s servant