Why should you study the Bible?
So that you can be transformed!
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” -Romans 12:2
To be able to be transformed by the renewing of our minds is a great privilege that works out in our favor. It is also a great way to honor God and show Him our gratitude for all He’s done for us. It enables us to be able to discern His will for our lives and it shows Him that His will has become more important to us than our own will.
There is no better place for us to begin renewing our minds than the Word of God; and, there is no better way for us to do that then by challenging our perspectives to see how they line up with His. By renewing our minds through the reshaping of our perspectives Paul tells us that we will be able to “prove” what the will of God is. What does he mean by “prove”?
He is basically telling us what the result of renewing the mind is. The word prove here suggests putting something to the test in order to approve it or find it trustworthy. However, the idea is not that of “testing” God or His will. The basic idea being conveyed here is that of being able to test and approve what the will of God is in any given circumstance. As a result of renewing our minds, we become able to discern what the will of God is in the everyday circumstances of our lives. Our perspectives begin to line up with His perspectives and so we are able to answer three basic questions about the situations we face in life:
- What is the good thing to do? (This is the question of right as opposed to wrong.)
- What is the acceptable thing to do? (It may be right, and therefore acceptable, but it’s not necessarily best.)
- What is the perfect thing to do? (This is not only right, it is also best.)
But its not just about having the ability to do so. Its also about having the desire to do so. As one commentator wrote: “The renewed mind is ever bent on finding out and following God’s will, what God wants of us; it has utterly ceased its old disregard of God’s will, its old folly of contenting itself with its own will.”(1) So we do not only want to be people who are able to discern God’s will. We also want to be people who want to do God’s will. Therefore, we set out to build biblical perspectives for life both because we need to, for our own benefit; and because we want to, because we are desirous of pleasing God.
(1) Lenski, R.C.H., The Interpretation of St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans,
Augsburg Publishing House, 1963; Minneapolis, Minnesota. pg.752-3
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