Romans 12:2—And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
The mind is an immensely powerful thing. The mind is capable of much more than we give it credit for. The mind can take us places beyond our wildest dreams or past the depths of depravity, sometimes all in one day.
When God saves us, there is an outward change. Our actual countenance is different. The change is literally reflected on our faces. It’s like we glow. However, God wants more than that. He wants to see an inner metamorphosis as well. As our hearts are changed, God wants our minds changed. Paul calls us to renew our minds, which involves the elimination of our old ways of thinking. We are to reject the carnality and selfish nature of the world’s form of wisdom (I use that term loosely) and take on the mind of Christ, where love and compassion reign. What is the key to renewing our minds? I believe the answer is as simple as “A” and “B.”
A. Attitude- I remember the old commercial that used the tagline, “Attitude is everything.” It’s not everything, but it is an important thing. Our attitudes are reflected in our thinking. If we have worldly minds, we have worldly attitudes (i.e. me first, my desires fulfilled, my wants satiated, forget you). If we exercise a godly mindset, the attitude is completely opposite (i.e. you first, servanthood, love, giving, godly desires).
B. Behavior- You are what you eat. Heard that before? It’s true. What you take into yourself will come out. What you idealize in your mind will dictate how you act. Believe the world’s lies and you will live them. Believe God’s truth and you will live it.
How do we take on the thoughts of Christ? Prayer and the Word. If we fill ourselves with both, even everyday screw-ups like you and I will put off the old mind and pick up the new, spirit-filled mind. Hallelujah!
Prayer for Today:
I want to renew my mind. Help me hunger and thirst for Your Word. Help me commune with You in prayer all day, every day. I thank You that I can shrug off the world’s way of thinking and think like You do.
Garbage in, garbage out. Good stuff in, good stuff out. Make the choice to put good stuff in.