Do you feel confident that you’re in God’s will? Do you feel good about the decisions you’re making and the direction you’re heading? Are you sensing God at work in you, through you and for you?
Or is there some doubt and confusion? Do you sometimes feel like you’re groping around in the dark hoping you’ll stumble over His will for your life?
Have you pleaded with God to reveal His will only to be met with silence?
I’ve been there.
But what if His will is right there in front of us? What if we’ve been praying for something He’s already revealed?
In Matthew 17, Jesus takes His three closest disciples up on a high mountain. Verse 2 says, “There He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.”
The Greek word for “transfigured” is “metamorphoo.” It’s where we get the word “metamorphosis.” It means to change into another form, like a caterpillar changing into a butterfly.
In Romans 12, Paul urges us to present ourselves to God as living sacrifices, to surrender ourselves to Him. It’s the logical thing to do based on all He’s done for us. Then verse 2 says:
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
The Greek word for “transformed” is the same Greek word used in Matthew 17 for “transfigured.” In other words, the result of surrendering to God and renewing our minds is to be changed into another form, the form of Jesus. The process of renewing our minds is something we do in cooperation with the Holy Spirit as we spend time in His word, but He won’t make us do it. We don’t have to change if we don’t want to.
Verse 2 ends with:
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Then. Not before. We discover God’s good, pleasing and perfect will after we surrender to Him and our minds are being renewed.
Paul says it like this in 2 Corinthians 3:16-18…
But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
The words “changed into” are again the word “metamorphoo.” God is making us more and more like Him, so that we can “see and reflect the glory of the Lord.”
Can I suggest that before we fret over knowing who to marry or what job to take or where to live or how we’re going to make it financially or how our difficult circumstances are going to work out that we instead focus on the main thing?
And the main thing is to renew our minds so that we’re changed into the image of Christ and can reflect Him to others. It’s learning to think like Him, talk like Him, love like Him, forgive like Him, give like Him, act like Him, plan like Him and serve like Him.
That’s God’s will.
For us to be like Jesus.
If that’s our priority, I promise all the other stuff will come into focus.