#5) Romans 12:2
"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is,
that which is good and acceptable and perfect."
This verse is all about learning. In order to avoid being
conformed to this world, we have to renew our minds, and we do this by
learning God's truths through Bible study. Then we will have
the maturity to discern God's will, and to please Him with what is good,
acceptable, and perfect.
In John 14:15, Jesus said, "If you love me, you will obey what I
command." However, how can we obey his commandments if we
don't first learn what they are? We're not born with an inherent
wisdom of the Bible, and God doesn't supernaturally zap our brains with the
information that He wants to reveal to us. Instead, He
transforms us by the renewing of our minds as we study His Word. We
should have our minds set on the Spirit (Romans 8:6), and learn what is
pleasing to the Lord (Ephesians 5:17).
In Colossians 1:9-10, we see that God wants us to strive for "the
knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding,"
so that we will "live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in
every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God."
We are to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5) because the
mind is more important than the flesh (2 Corinthians 5:4, 7, 1 Timothy
4:8). Proverbs 4:7 tells us that wisdom is the most important thing.