THE HIGH CALLING OF PROVING THE GOODNESS OF GOD’S WILL
October 8, 2018
BY ROLAND F. ST. GERARD
“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).
This passage is a key passage for pleasing God and for destiny-fulfillment. There is a high call in the verse. It is a calling to prove in your life, in your family, in all that you do and to everyone that God’s will is good, acceptable and perfect.
When a person loves God and serving the Lord find himself or herself going through all types of difficulties, he or she might feel that he/she is not in God’s will. For, most people don’t think that there is suffering or hardship in God’s will.
In Peter’s first epistle, he wrote to his readers and to all Christians for all time, not to think it strange concerning certain fiery trial they would have to go through. In fact, Peter said we should rejoice that one would be so honored to share in Christ’s sufferings. Thus, if you suffer with Christ you will also glory with Him (1 Peter 4:12-19).
Effectively, as a covenantal child of God in Christ Jesus, you must first understand and believe that, no matter what hardship you might be going through, if it was not because of your wrongdoing, then God’s perfect will is being done in it.
Look to Jesus For Comfort
The way to bear such and to rejoice while enduring it is to keep your eyes and your mind on the Lord constantly.
The author of Hebrews, after displaying the hall of faith of all the biblical characters that exercised great faith in the Lord, he now turn to us to gives the secret of enduring hardship by faith:
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
David said, “I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved” (Psalm 16:8).
Isaiah said to the LORD, “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).
The key to pleasing God and to succeed in life, then, is to be a brand-new person by changing the way you think. You need a mind renewal.
What is the Mind?
According to R.C. Sproul of Ligonier Ministries, the mind is, “The element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought.
For a person to exercise their will, for a person to make a moral choice, that person has to be in a state of awareness. But to make a moral decision requires some kind of understanding of the moral issues or options involved, so that the mind is intimately engaged in our choices, so as human beings, we can’t assume that our ethical decisions are mindless acts; rather, our actions result from the choices that we make, which are informed by our thinking. That’s why Scripture exhorts us to renew our minds, so that we will begin to think in categories that please God so that our thinking will influence our choices in conformity to the law of God. The mind, then, is vital to the Christian life.”
This indicate that the mind is the basis for living.
It is Necessary to Renew the Mind?
Our minds have acquired the principles, the emotions, the attitude of the world. That is why at our present state we are more apt to act out of the sentiments that we have acquired from the world more than that of God. This is why the Apostle Paul tells in Galatians chapter five to walk by the spirit and not by the flesh. For walking in the flesh is synonymous with the manifestations of the ways of the world.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians and said, “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21).
The Most Fundamental and Ordered Way to Renew the Mind
When God chose Joshua to take the Israelites across the Jordan River to go possess the Promised Land, God told Joshua that if he is to be successful in accomplishing that task, he would have to meditate His word day and night, keep it in his heart and declare it in his mouth (Joshua 1:8).
Then David exclaimed in Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law, he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.”
Abiding in God’s word enables you to be pleasing to God
In the same thought of renewing one’s mind in the Word of God, the Lord Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so, you will be My disciples (John 15:7-8 5).
Would you like to be pleasing to the Lord and succeed in life? Then, submit your body and mind to God for a mind-renewal. With the mind-renewal comes the transformation. This transformation will create a brand-new you that will take great delight in please the Lord your Creator in Christ Jesus. Therefore, Then, set your mind to be transformed from a worldly mindset to putting on the mind of Christ.