I remember how my thoughts about God’s Word changed when I was saved at 19. The Bible went from boring and irrelevant to alive and life changing. In Roman 12:2 Paul writes, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
In order to be able to discern God’s will I first need to be transformed. This happens when I surrender my life to Christ and am saved and then daily as I walk with Him. The word transformed does not indicate a minor change but a radical change. I am not simply adding Jesus to complete my life which was already pretty good, there are deep profound changes that Jesus takes me through in salvation and while I walk with Him.
The verse goes on to say by testing we may discern God’s will. In my work we use lots of different established standards to test parts against to determine if they are good or bad. In the same way our standard is God’s Word which when properly applied causes us to discern what is good and from God. With all the distractions, partial truths and outright lies that are in the world today I desperately need to stay humble before God, seeking His Spirit to reveal His truth to me through the Word so I can discern rightly God’s heart in what I face. My prayers are with you that transformed by the work of the Spirit in your life, God’s Word would saturate your soul blessing you with Godly discernment in all you face.
- Steve Selle