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How can you prove God’s will for your life? The Bible answer is in Romans 12:2: “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." 

The Bible says, “Do not be conformed to this world.” We are continually bombarded by radio, TV, billboards, magazines and the Internet. Advertising is big business. The goal of all this media attention is to make us conform to the world’s pattern in cars, dress, diet, and lifestyle.

If everything being offered were affordable, healthful, non-addictive, and character-building, there would be no problem. But we all know better. How can we choose only those things that bring us the best physical, emotional, financial and spiritual health?

Transformation Needed

Our text says, “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The word “transformed” is translated from the Greek word metamorphous. From this we get our English word metamorphosis. Nature gives us a good example of this transformation. Ever seen a caterpillar become a butterfly? A caterpillar crawls, feeds, and lives on a low level of existence. A butterfly isn’t just an improved model of a caterpillar. It’s a new creature. The butterfly lives on a much higher level. It flies about, feasting on the sweet nectar of lovely flowers. The Bible applies this illustration to real life, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he [or she] is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

You get the point. But what’s the purpose of it all?

What does it prove?

Being transformed by Christ helps us prove the “perfect will of God” (see Romans 12:2). You see, the way we live should help prove that God’s way is the best way, the happiest, and the only way for people to live. As we set out to prove this to our families, friends and neighbors, we'll be blessed with a fuller understanding of what God wills for us.

Are you a caterpillar or a butterfly? Would your rather crawl or fly? It’s up to you.

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