“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.” (Romans 12.2 ESV)
As this world seeks to make us into what it wants us to be, the Apostle Paul guides us in another direction as he writes to the Church at Rome. While the world is set up against us we must fight to seek God’s right way. We can see MTV’s attempts to claim the last generation (it seems like the hold has weakened) saying they owned it. We can discern how commercials and media seek to conform our daughters into prostitutes and our sons into feminine males. None of these things is godly. The world pollutes.
Paul, led by the Holy Spirit, tells us not to be conformed to this world. You see, as my friend Pastor Matt Everhard (a pastor in Brooksville, FL) said recently, “The world does not just want us to buy their product, it wants us to be their product.” God wants us to have a transformation (the Greek word is the one that gives us “metamorphosis” in English). This transformation comes from the renewing of our mind.
How can our minds be renewed? Of course the Holy Spirit plays a major role. What do we do to encourage the renewal? Think about what we fill our minds with daily. Are we watching movies or television shows that are antithetical to our walk with Christ? Are they helping us grow in Christ or trying to tear us away from Christ? How about the books we read or websites we visit? It is good to be against pornography- especially how it destroys the lives and souls of those who produce it and embrace it. However, reading a steamy romance novel or gawking at the swimsuit edition is also very harmful to the soul. It is not how we renew our mind and transform our lives.
Let us consider the things in our lives that seek to drag us away from Christ. We should consider what we can do without as well. As we do we will begin to discover God’s good, acceptable and perfect will for our lives. That can only come when we are being transformed.