Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Paul writes to the gentiles of his time and wants them to realize the errors of their ways. The world is full of sin and ways that are not meant to be followed. He wants them to see things differently, a little more black or white. When you see situations differently, a choice can be made.
My son attended a birthday party. A group of children were gathered excitedly around a candy claw machine. One after another children played the machine and eating the one piece of candy it dispensed. My son ran over to me as he waited for his turn and reported that the candy claw machine was jammed. It was giving you as many chances as you want without paying! (Said with extreme excitement). I stopped him and asked what I’m sure was a dreaded question,”Is that right or wrong taking the candy?” He stepped back with extreme frustration written on his face. He began to mumble and changed the topic. I asked again and in a huffy voice he said, “It’s not right or wrong, it’s in the middle.”
He walked away from playing it, but made me think about my heart. How many times do I look at situations the same way. Oh, how hard it is to look through life with Jesus’s eyes.