“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” –Romans 12:2
In Romans 12:1 Paul challenges the Roman Christians to “let God have their bodies” as a living sacrifice. Here in verse 2, Paul issues a new challenge—a second principle if you will—in knowing the will of God.
Paul says, “let God make you a new person by changing the way you think.” In other words, let God have your mind. This is total surrender to God—mind and body.
No matter where we are spiritually we are being influenced, one way or another. The Bible teaches that it is a matter of being “conformed” or being “transformed.”
Romans 12:2 teaches that being conformed is pressure from the outside. Paul was saying, “Don’t let the world press you into its mold!” Pressure from the outside comes in many forms and from many sources. The sources of outside pressure can be basically put into three categories, though…people, circumstances and things.
Peer pressures, the pressure to succeed, to be accepted and to be secure in the future are some of the driving forces behind conformation. The questions of why people are the way they are and why they do some of the things they do can be answered by the yielding to pressure from the outside.
Transformation, according to Paul, involves power on the inside. In electricity, a transformer takes electrical power and converts it into usable energy. That is what God wants to do inside you and me. God wants to release His power inside us and so change us that His power can flow out of us in usable ways.
As God transforms our lives through His Holy Spirit, studying the Word and prayer (by letting Him have our minds); we begin to “learn to know God’s will” for our lives. Continuation is an important concept at this point. Knowing God’s will is not a destination but a process. It is an ongoing thing. It is a walk.