“Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And 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 12:1-2.
When I was about 10 years old, my Mom made me memorize the first two verses of Romans Chapter 12. Being a kid, that seemed like a lot of words. Worse, reading them in the King James Version, they made no sense to me. I was finally able to quote the words perfectly, but I told my mom I didn’t know what they meant. She knew that and was ready. She explained that my understanding would develop as I grew up. Right then, I needed to know that I shouldn’t embrace whatever everyone else did as ok. She knew that I would regularly be faced with making a decision about what I was going to do. She wanted me to be able to do the right thing. And the way I would know the right thing would be by daily renewing my mind or keeping my eyes on Jesus. That made sense even to a 10-year-old.
My mom was very wise. She taught me scriptures that she knew I would grow into. Those verses have stayed embedded in my mind. The concept of not conforming to the world seems more critical today than ever before. Our world is like a rudderless ship with no bearings. As believers, we need to be transformed daily by the renewing of our minds, so that we may prove what the will of God is.
By Dan Norton