Romans 12:2 in the New Living Translation says it even more clearly.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
I love that first sentence! Most of us want to know what our purpose is on this earth. I see that question come up in so many books and articles. There is a beginning point. A step we have to take first to find an answer. We have to stop copying the behaviors and customs of this world. Which behaviors am I doing like the non Christian? Do I change the whole way I live or just a few behaviors? I know these questions are not easily answered and will vary from person to person. But, our goal is to be more Christlike.
We have to examine our own hearts to know what is not God approved in us. Ask him to examine your heart and show you where you need to change. He will deal with you gently because of his great love for you. You will begin to feel uncomfortable with some of the things you do as you continue to lean into God praying for that answer.
For me, I discovered years ago that I should listen to only Christian music with some occasional classical. The voice is to be used to glorify God. That brought a big change in me. You may find other things in your life that are not conducive to bringing you closer to God. Reading your Bible is a must. Finding a plan you can stick with can be confusing but if you haven’t been reading in a while, the book of John is a great place to start. Romans 12:2 is certain that to know God’s will for us, we have to make drastic changes in our lives.
The second part of the verse is beautiful! Instead of copying non believers, it says,
“but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.”
He does it for you! When you give up being like the rest of the world, he changes how you think! That excites me! There is hope for anyone willing to change their behavior to more God like behavior.