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.
I have spent a lot of time thinking about how our values as believers conflict with the values of the world. When I say values, I’m not talking about sin issues. I’m talking about those things that create the framework for how we interact with the world. Things like materialism vs. generosity, individualism vs. selflessness, hedonism vs. self-control, relativism vs. absolute truth, power and control vs. servanthood and humility.
Paul is telling believers not to conform to the values and behaviors of the world, which are often opposed to God’s will. To be transformed means to undergo a fundamental change in one’s nature or character. In the context of this verse, the transformation that Paul is referring to is a transformation from a mindset focused on the values of the world to a mindset focused on the values of God.
Renewing our minds means changing how we think about the world and ourselves in light of God’s truth. This happens through the study and application of God’s Word, prayer, and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As we see the world from God’s perspective, our values, attitudes, and behaviors are transformed to align with his will.
The goal of this transformation is not just to have a better life or be more successful in our endeavors but to be able to discern and do God’s will. As we are transformed by the renewing of our minds, we become better equipped to know and follow God’s plan for our lives.
As we renew our minds and align them with God’s word and will, we become able to prove — to understand and distinguish — what is good, acceptable, and perfect in the eyes of God.
Dear Lord, we thank you for the reminder in Romans 12:2 that we should not be conformed to this world but be transformed by renewing our minds. Help us have responsive hearts, open to change and willing to renew our minds through listening to your word, guidance, and the leading of the Holy Spirit. May we prove what is your good, acceptable, and perfect will. Give us the strength to overcome our wrong attitudes, such as distrust and anger, and the courage to become more trusting and forgiving. In Jesus’ name, amen.