Do not conform any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing, and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 NIV)
Visual learners easily see patterns. Patterns take place on paper as they replicate in behaviors throughout society. Here’s a stimuli, there’s a response. Culture feeds into the stimuli determining behavior as the result. Unless, we filter outside influences by renewing our minds.
It’s proven when same stimuli is presented, same results follow. Therefore, to ever change results, we change stimuli. Considering transformations…changed behaviors, changed appearances, and changed direction- will always bring a wonderful awareness. A sense of refreshing and excitement looking ahead. Biblical Truth = Freedom. Pattern of this world = Bondage.
Have you ever considered behavior as a Spiritual Act of Worship? Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brethren, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God- this is your Spiritual Act of Worship. I read this with amazement. No matter how many times we study scripture or a particular Bible passage, we gain deeper understanding each time. What we do with our bodies reflect either patterns of this world or transformation by God’s Word. How’s our Spiritual Act of Worship looking?
God’s will is good, pleasing, and perfect. To test and approve God’s will, we decide no longer conforming to patterns in this world. Start with asking Jesus to transform our minds, renewing our commitment to live holy lives- pleasing to God. This is our Spiritual Act of Worship. Let this sink in…I will do same. If effort seems futile- key in asking Jesus to transform our mind.
We want environments, situations, and even other people changed…while excuses fall, we miss the mind as core target for transformation. Making decision not to conform to this world, we become transformed by renewing our minds. Then we’ll know God’s perfect will. Thank you, Jesus! Help us all!