Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern 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.” It all starts with our thinking! God wants us to have our minds “transformed” to think about God’s will. God’s will is of course thinking about things that are pleasing to Him. It is described as good, pleasing and perfect. Transformed thinking is graceful, kind, righteous, pure, and selfless.
The fact that Paul is urging us to be “transformed,” points to the reality that we are not naturally or instinctively godly in our thinking. Paul hints that the Roman Christians, and us too, often allow our minds to be conformed to the pattern of this world. What is the pattern of thinking in our world? Worldly thinking is selfish, materialistic, impure, destructive, and downright mean. Through sinful thinking our minds can be “malformed” (meaning badly formed) instead of “transformed” into the likeness of Christ.
How do we transform our minds to be godly? TV, reading, conversation, movies, music, and bad company all have a way of conforming us to their way of thinking. That can be good or bad, so choose wisely. We have to eliminate the influences in our lives that move us toward worldly thinking. Most importantly, we have to surrender our minds to God through prayer, meditation, time in His word, and through Godly relationships. Through prayer, reflecting on the Word, making good decisions, and through godly relationships, God can begin washing away the worldly conformity and deformity, and present us as transformed minds more in the likeness of His Son.
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” -Colossians 3:2