Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is… his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Transformed means: Make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character.
A dramatic change, what keeps us from a dramatic change? Our patterns of this world do. We probably don’t want dramatic change, we like ourselves for the most part don’t we. We might have came to Christ because we wanted to be saved of course but usually it’s to be delivered from something not things. Many times it’s just one thing we think is wrong with us. A drinking problem, an addiction, maybe something sexual or anger issues but the bible says not one of us are righteous, no not one. That means we have some work to do within us.
So knowing that… this verse raises a question that I face all the time, even after years of being saved. Am I in God’s will? It’s a healthy question to ask regarding growth and if you’re not asking it, than you might be creating your own God, giving yourself approval, pleasing yourself and your imperfect will. Ouch! It’s true though.
God wants dramatic change and a renewing of your mind. Ask yourself, is that happening with you or are you falling into old patterns. Remember old patterns brought you to Christ but once you received Christ, old patterns take you from him. There’s always room for growth and it should be happening daily through reading your bible and exercising your faith, not keeping it to yourself. Breakaway!
And here’s the benefit as if we needed one. The verse says “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is… his good, pleasing and perfect will.” There it is right there! Making the right decision for you and your loved ones. That’s what you want, that’s what we all want at the end of the day. There are so many decisions in life and we want to make the right ones, the perfect ones, in his perfect will.
Be transformed, be renewed and be perfect!