In other words, do not let yourselves be conformed to the standards of the ‘olam hazeh (This present age.) Instead, keep letting yourselves be transformed by the renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed. Romans 12:2 CJB
This scripture shows us the steps to God’s promises being realized in our lives. Let’s look at those steps:
Keep letting yourselves be transformed – This promotes the idea of remaining flexible with our ideas and thoughts. We sometimes get in a rut as to how things should be and what things should look like. We must remember we bring transformation by allowing ourselves, our thoughts and attitudes to be transformed.
By the renewing of our minds – This shows us the seedbed of being transformed, our mind. We must allow our thinking to be renewed and refreshed by God. We must not fall into hard mindsets. Father moves. We must be in position to move with Him. Many times this requires a refreshing of our thoughts.
So that you will know what God wants – We can know what God wants! By renewing our minds we can receive the will of Father. We can KNOW what He wants. This is not an on-again off-again gift, it is an ongoing, relational stream. Father wants to make His will known to each of us.
(you will know…) And will agree that what He wants is good – We may know what Father wants but it is up to us to agree that what He wants is good. We can stumble on many of these steps and the first hurdle is believing God’s plan is good.
(you will know…) And will agree that what He wants is satisfying – This step can be unsettling because we don’t think what He wants will bring satisfaction. Some of the synonyms for satisfaction are: gratification, fulfillment, enjoyment, contentment and recompense. We can get caught in a martyr mindset that says what He wants will cost too much or be too hard. What He wants will, in fact, bring us fulfillment.
Fulfillment is not the same as happiness. Happiness is temporary. Fulfillment brings joy and a sense of accomplishment. We are designed to be a creature looking for fulfillment. This is a God design element. We are created to solve problems. When things get too easy we drift off. Problems keep us engaged with Heaven and on track. Plus the problem solving process satisfies us. We are not made to lay around on beach all our lives, no matter what we tell ourselves. We must be engaged in solving problems to be significant. And we all want to be significant.
(you will know…) And will agree that what He wants is able to succeed – Will it work? We know what He wants, we decided it is good and it will satisfy us. But do we really think it will work? This is the last hurdle to get over. Can this “Over the Top God” actually pull off what He suggests?
What do you think?