God’s will alone.
Romans 12: 2: ‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.’
I am constantly being influenced by the world around me. Watching TV, reading papers, checking out Facebook, and when the Romans says, ‘‘Do not be conformed to this world’ it is talking about me not allowing the ungodly practices around me to become part of who I am. This is hard as I am completely immersed in the world around me. How do I go about understanding what the influence on my life is and how do I set about reducing the negative, ungodly influences of the world? Romans 12:2 provides some seriously amazing direction.
The first is I need to take the time to examine my behaviour to see whether it is Godly, I need to be challenging myself about how I interact with people, is the way I interact with people day to day Godly? Or am I acting out of a long established pattern, learnt from the society around me?
But how do I actually do this? The key to how I actually go about both understanding and changing my behaviour is contained in the word ‘transformed’. The greek behind transformed is talking about a spiritual transformation. So examining my behaviour to see if it is Godly starts with my relationship with God. In growing stronger in my faith, my mind will then be renewed, my behaviour improved and patterns, old ways of doing things will be changed. As I draw close to God I will start to see patterns of behaviour that need to change.
This is very cool! When I think of how I might change my behaviour I mostly think about how I think. Be more positive! More friendly! But Romans 12:2 is clear that to change my behaviour starts with my relationship with Jesus. As my relationship with Jesus strengthens so will my mind and behaviour be transformed.
As I draw closer to God I become more aware of the influence the world has on me, I become more aware of how wrong my attitude and behaviour is, and also God’s will for my life becomes clear.
And accepting God’s will, doing God’s will is my focus these days, not satisfying some worldly expectation. But I will be honest, that is very very hard, and in fact causes me great pain as my will can be quite different to God’s will. But it is God’s will that I must pursue, as hard as that might be.
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