“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2, NIV 1984).
“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8, NIV 1984).
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5–8, NIV 1984).
My Musings – To break out of “the pattern of this world,” to be “transformed” we must renew (to make like new, restore to perfection) our minds. We must become spiritually minded to become spiritually discerning (able to test and approve God’s will). The question becomes, how do we do this?
There are many ways spelled out in the scriptures, but above are just a couple ways:
Thinking and meditating on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. If we take in a “diet” that is otherwise we are polluting our minds by merely conforming to the standards of a fallen world.
Adding to the faith that led us to Jesus in the first place goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, Godliness, brotherly kindness and love in increasing measure. In essence, taking on the attributes of Christ. What better role model to become transformed?
My Advice – Christ did not leave us as orphans. He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us — the great enabler to do all of the things listed above. Things we are unable to do in our own strength. Don’t quench Him. If you do, transformation will be less likely to make us distinguishable from the rest of the world.