“Be not conformed to this world: but ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God”.Romans 12:2; King James Version
So many Christians are searching for meaning, for purpose in life, diligently seeking the will of God. However, most are looking in all the wrong places – places like work, personal relationships and even in the church. Why do we look to the world and its systems to validate us? As Christians, validation comes only from God, our Father in heaven.
Transformation leads to knowing who you are in Christ Jesus. Renewing the mind, changing from carnal (worldly) thinking to spiritual (Godly) thinking is a process that leads to a closer relationship with God. As we develop our relationship with our heavenly father, we then hear him clearer, we follow Him more closely and eventually we find ourselves “smack dab” in His perfect will. We are no longer focusing on ourselves but on God and His desires for us. Our focus determines our direction in life and leads us to the will of God.
Renewing the mind is only possible after presenting your body, your life, as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service – Romans 12:1 KJV. A sacrifice requires giving the best of who you are. Sacrifice your best and get God’s best. However, God finds us, whether riding high on cloud nine or barely hanging on to life; He requires a sacrifice.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life and place it before God as an offering.”Romans 12:1 The Message Bible