Lent – Day 29 – Reflections Through Romans

“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)

RomansThe will of God seems elusive to many followers of Christ. Young and old alike commonly ask, “What is God’s will for my life?”

Of course, we have certain explicit statements in the New Testament.

We know “It is God’s will that none should perish but that all come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). Also, “This is the will of God, your sanctification; that you abstain from sexual immorality” (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Furthermore, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (2 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

But what about a marriage partner, a business decision, a place to live, or a call to serve? Do these things concern the Father at all? Or are they peripheral?

They are not at all incidental. They matter. And they fall into the broader (important) category of “walking by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).

How then shall we discern the will of God in these personal areas? How can we determine His particular will for each of us?

The Apostle Paul makes a compelling statement in Romans 12:2.

“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)

It’s not that we discover the will of God, but the less “conformed to the world” and the more “transformed” we become, the more we prove the will of God. There’s an important difference between discovering and proving.

We would like a voice from God. He would like our hearts aligned with His own.

He has already spoken to us through His Son and through Scripture (Hebrews 1:1-2). But His personal leading in our lives grows out of what Jesus calls abiding.  “If you abide in Me,” says Jesus “and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7).

Clearly, if we abide in Him our hearts become aligned with Him, and we’ll only ask what He would want. “Whatever you wish” will only be what the Father wishes.

Alignment.

The will of God is not finding out what we should do, and then deciding whether or not we’ll do it. Rather, it’s a lifestyle, a place that we live, where our words and actions emerge from simple alignment (“not conformed to the world but transformed by the renewing of our minds”). We’re not discovering something; we’re living in it.

The closer we press into Christ, the more we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). As we meditate on Him, walk with Him, pursue Him, and submit to Him, we discover that we don’t need messages from God. Our lives are simply lived in the center of His will. It just happens.

May Romans 12:2 guide us through this day and this week in new ways.

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One Response to Lent – Day 29 – Reflections Through Romans

  1. Elaine Steil says:

    I believe it’s God’s will for those He calls to write, that they teach, inspire, encourage and edify. Thanks for doing so. Great post.

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