Read Romans 12:1-8
My children recently got to try turnip greens at their grandmother’s house.
I am not a fan, but by being with their grandmother, my kids got the opportunity to experience greens for themselves.
If they merely conformed to her preference for greens, the kids would eat them but not like them. One of my daughters explained it this way: “I gagged three times during the first bite, one time on the second bite, and not at all by the third bite.”
However, if Nanie’s preference for greens transformed them, they would eat them and enjoy them. They would be keeping form with an inner reality.
When the Apostle Paul urged the Romans, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind,” he was telling them not to fit themselves into patterns of behavior that they saw but to be truly changed after being with Jesus, in keeping with the new inner reality of being born again.
The world prefers our minds to be like jelly- fitting any container they’re poured into; however, God’s Word makes our minds as unyielding as rock to the patterns of this world because it transforms who we are.
Our actions then match who we have become in Christ.
Then, we are truly able to discern what is intrinsically good, well-pleasing, and complete. We then have the capacity to know the will of God.