As church leaders, all decisions we make should have the objective of arriving at “what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Rom. 12:2).
- We’re not going to find His will by following the ways of the world or human wisdom.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world …
- We’re only going to find His will by having a renewed mind.
… but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Notice, it is “THEN you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is” (Rom. 12:2).
What Renews the Mind So We Make Decisions Aligned with God’s Will?
Romans 12:2 warns against conforming to the world and Psalm 1:1-2 lets us know that we are blessed when we don’t “walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers!” Both passages follow these thoughts with a BUT … “but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2) … “but his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night” (Ps. 1:2). Certainly a parallel can be drawn that God’s Word is that which renews our mind.
- If we’re not delighting in God’s Word as that which is “more precious than gold” and “sweeter than honey” (Ps. 19:10), will we have the motivation needed to keep our decisions aligned with God’s Word? — “I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” (Ps. 119:16)
- If we don’t regularly meditate on Scripture, will we have a base from which to “be able to test and approve what God’s will is” (Rom. 12:2)? — “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” (Heb. 5:14)
Decisions from a Renewed Mind are Wise and Full of Insight
To “test and approve what God’s will is” we need His wisdom and insight which we get from His Word.
Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands are always with me and make me wiser than my enemies. I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes. (Ps. 119:97-99)
If, as leaders, we want to consistently make decisions aligned with God and His ways, we MUST get to the place where we delight, or love, His Word. No matter how busy we might be, spending time with God in His Word MUST be a priority.
Be sure to also read: God’s Power: The Word of God