The new you… and the renewed mind
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (from Romans 12:2)
Everything we do, and everything we say, begins with a thought.
The sum of our lives is the result of our thought patterns… and the thought patterns of those who have effected us. We are what we have become because of our thoughts (both good and bad), through the course of our lives.
If you have ever tried to change an unpleasant behavior (New Year’s resolutions, anyone??) you have realized just how difficult (impossible!) that task can be. That is because we really cannot change our behaviors – we have to change HOW we think, first. The truth is: what we do is always the outflow of what, and how, we think.
Change can only come with changed thinking.
God has always known that about us. That’s why when Jesus came, His first focus was upon repentance. And everywhere He went, He proclaimed: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” As we have discussed before… repentance is NOT changing our behaviors – it is changing our thinking!
Bottom line… it is our mindset (HOW we think) that is our greatest barrier to walking in the fullness of what God offers to us.
That is why, in Scripture, we have always seen such an emphasis upon meditating upon what God has to say. As the Psalmist proclaimed: “I will meditate on Your precepts and regard Your ways. I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.” We simply must get our Creator’s thoughts firmly entrenched in our minds. We must dwell on His thoughts continually. It is the only way to transform our lives!
That is the apostle’s focus in Romans 12:2. Our surrender to God, with each and every day, is a surrender to His ways, and His thoughts, to saturate our lives.
The challenge, before each of us, is to rewire our minds. Sin (ours and other’s) has distorted our view of God – and our view of our selves. It has reshaped our thinking according to the pains, grief, anger, and disappointments of our lives. We end up acting just as broken as our thinking – and having to live with all the guilt and regret that our actions have brought us.
But there is extremely good news… what has been done (through the course of our lives) can be undone. Our thoughts can be reformed, and our lives transformed, as we align our minds (and HOW we think) with God’s ways and God’s Heart.
That’s why Jesus came. He came to make all things new – to make the impossible, possible again. To bring us under the compassionate care of the God who can root out our deepest, darkest thoughts – and replace them with His thoughts about us.
Now it is up to us, to daily renew our minds in accord with ALL that we are now, because of what Jesus has done for us!
Prayer focus: God, help me to truly see me as You see me – and to speak about me as You have spoken!