“And 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.” Romans 12:2
Paul is writing to the believers in Rome in this letter. He is urging them not to put on the form, fashion or appearance of those who live in the world. The world is an ungodly place where temptations abound. Christians can easily get sucked into materialistic traps that will weaken them spiritually as they strive to compete in a worldly arena. The meaning of this verse is simply that those who call Jesus Lord should be conformed solely by the precepts of God. We should avoid worldly things for this is a wicked age filled with unbridled immorality and idolatry.
We are told to renew our minds. Anyone can renew their mind by allowing God to influence our thoughts, words and actions. We must focus on the Lord; who He is, what He has done and will do and study the scriptures. Seek His face daily, asking Him to reveal Himself and His personal will to you. This is the way we can know His will for us. Draw as close as possible to Him and listen for the Holy Spirit’s leading.
God’s will is wholly good, acceptable and perfect in every way. It is orchestrated just for you, but first you must figure out what it is. It’s not a mystery. The Lord isn’t hiding it from us. We have to want to know what it is. We have to seek it. We must dedicate ourselves to finding it out and then fulfilling it. If we live in the world, but not of it we will be on our way to fulfilling our calling as a believer in Christ. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!Resources: Barnes’ Notes on the Bible; Bullinger’s Companion to the Bible.