And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 NASB
Three important words stand out and beg to be discovered this morning. Conformed, transformed, and will. Let’s take a quick look.
Conformed in the Greek is the word we derive schematics from. It translates into assuming a certain form. Being pressed into a mold and filtered through the world’s strainer causes such forms in the likeness of bitterness, resentment, and anger–just to mention a few.
Transformed is where we get the word metamorphosis, meaning to literally transfigure. A complete change in appearance or attitude. A word that’s not mentioned much anymore comes to mind–Revival. The reason why it’s not heard of much is because Christians are too conformed in certain areas of their life, making it difficult to completely transform (Ouch and Amen). Change hurts, much like growing pains, and it’s necessary to move forward in Christ. Transforming your life means cutting off things that keep you from getting better.
The last word is “will“. The will of God. We sometimes pray that “God’s will be done”.
Will translates the meaning of desire. Have you ever wondered what God desires? Wonder no more, look in the mirror. That’s right, he desires you. It’s never God’s will to hurt or destroy humanity by natural disasters or on other accounts. When someone says “How could God do this?”, I always respond by saying “He didn’t, we did.”
You can imagine the looks I get.
The last part of the above scripture is misinterpreted often. Most believe and teach that God’s will means for us to be good, acceptable, and perfect. Humanity tries continually to do all three, but fail. Jesus said that no one but God is good. Jesus was the only perfect person that ever walked this planet, and Jesus is the only acceptable person that grants access to the Father. It’s God’s desire (will) that is good, acceptable, and perfect towards us. That’s what we must conform to, cling to, and allow to transform us into–His likeness.