Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. ~ Conformed is who we are without Christ. We are conformed to the ways of the world and the thoughts of the world. We take on an identity that our past, our experiences, and those around us have shaped us into. We allow opinions of others determine what we think and how we behave. We allow peer pressure and expectations of man shape us into who we have become. But when we are born again, God gives us a new nature, a new identity, and a new life. He has plans for us that are good, acceptable, and perfect. It’s up to us to appropriate them by discovering who he has made us to be and the things that he has planned for our lives by spending time in prayer and in his word.
Each person is born with a God-purpose for their lives however many never fulfill it because they either haven’t discovered it or they haven’t invested in the renewing process. Renewed means to renovate. When we renovate a house, we first have to tear down the old to rebuild the new. We can only do this by changing the way we think and the way we see things. We have to allow God to teach us, instruct us, and build us. Rebuilding and renovating can be a timely process where we can encounter tribulations and trouble. But in vs 12, Paul instructs us to rejoice in hope, patient in tribulation, and instant in prayer. We have to guard our hearts by remembering that we are God’s workmanship and he is working on our behalf. We are being changed from glory to glory through the process.
Allow God to build you up, to renovate you, and renew you. When we come into the God-purpose for our lives, there is no greater joy, no greater satisfaction, and complete contentment.