“And be not conformed to this world: but be you 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
The word “transformed” comes from the Greek meaning to metamorphose. This is what happens to a worm that transforms (metamorphoses) into a butterfly. This is not just a small change to a new color, it is a complete change to something new and different.
Paul pleads with us to yield ourselves to God for His work, and instead of being conformed to the manner of thinking of the world, we should be “transformed” by the renewing of the mind. God wants to completely change our thinking to be like His.
“Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” Amos 3:3. God is not looking for people to help change His mind, He is looking for those that want to be changed to be and think like Him. So many Christians today are looking to align the Bible with their thinking, when it should be the other way around.
This is not just a small change in our thinking, it is a complete metamorphosis so different from how we normally think that it cannot be something we accomplish on our own. We need to allow God to change us by studying His Word and allowing the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s purposes to us. We will be much happier when we come into agreement with God.
It is clear that God’s ways are not even close to man’s ways. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 This is why there must be a transformation, and it needs to occur daily. We continually have an enemy that attempts to drag us back to the thinking of this world.
“Renewing” comes from two Greek words that essentially mean to be new over and over again. This is not a one time occurrence. It seems so easy to be drawn back into the way the world thinks. To be drawn into the fear around us. To forget that God has a plan and is completely in control.
As we allow our mind to be transformed by God’s Word, we will discern His perfect will. While I cannot tell you God’s specific will for your life, I can tell you that it is His will for you to rest in His Word and in His promises. Jesus died to give us those things. Do not allow the world to take them from you by keeping your mind in the old mindset. Keep your mind stayed on Him. Isaiah 26:3.