“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” – Romans 12:2.
What is the will of God for your life?
A missionary friend of mine once said that most people don’t commit their lives to the will of God because they’re afraid that He’ll call them to be a missionary in Africa. “I am a missionary in Africa,” he said, “and there’s no where else I’d rather be.” Then he said this, “God will either give you the desires of your heart or He’ll change your heart so that it becomes your desire.”
That has stuck with me ever since.
So how can we know God’s will for our life?
The Lord doesn’t give us a road map. No, He leads us through a relationship with Him. The closer we get to God, the more we’ll know the heart of God and His will. The context of this verse comes after 11 chapters of instruction about man’s lost condition, Jesus’ sacrifice, salvation by faith and His call for us to be “living sacrifices holy and pleasing to God.” Then we will be able to test and approve what God wants us to do.
This verse gives us 2 steps:
1. Reject the world’s wisdom.
2. Renew your mind through knowing God’s word.
Study it and you’ll learn the heart of God.
Pray and experience the peace of God.
Lastly, notice that God’s will is “good,” “acceptable or pleasing” and “perfect.”
That is a win-win-win.
By Gary Varvel