Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
There is an old adage that says, “The proof is in the pudding.” This notion speaks to the fact that our ideas are confirmed or denied by our experience. Because we have imperfect knowledge, we must experiment, but in its proper place, experimentation gives life a mysterious purpose. Like the pudding we labor to make something of our lives in the hope of enjoying a reward for our work.
In the case of Christians, we are blessed by the hope and calling of God in Jesus Christ to saving faith in Him. This faith is a gracious gift of God that we could not possibly earn. By grace we are saved both now and eternally. However, as long as it is God’s will for us to abide in the world, we struggle within it and within ourselves to realize the blessings given by God. This warfare is spiritual and continual. Though the enemy is really defeated, he keeps struggling to cause trouble. For this reason, Paul directs us to avoid conformity with the wicked world around us and to be transformed by renewing our minds focused on God.
This is where proving comes in again. The will of God is a knowable quantity. We can find His will in His Word as expressed in the Bible. It is not some mysterious thing that cannot be found or understood. Therefore we can take the commandments and wisdom of God and prove that it is true. The key is the renewing of your mind to “prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Don’t take my word for it. If you trust Him with eternity, can’t you trust Him with today?