Get Your Mind Right

Rom 12:1-2 “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 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.”

Paul had been well informed of the needs of believers at Rome. Although most of his exhortations fit any group of believers, many of them show that the apostle was thinking of a particular group as he wrote. This exhortation touches almost every aspect of life. Christian living is simply being a Christian and acting, as a Christian should in every part of life. The area I would like to focus on is the necessity of our Christianity influencing the way we think.

We live in a time where many seem to think that salvation is a work on the heart, in which it is, however real salvation also involves a changing in the way that we think as believers. One of the words that Paul uses in this text is the word “Transformed”- which means, “to make a thorough or dramatic change in form, appearance or character.” This definition alone helps us understand that the evidence that God has come into our heart should show up in our behavior, character and conduct. So the question becomes how do we make this change from coming to the altar to altering the way we live? I believe the answer is in the same text “by the renewing of our minds.” This requires a daily commitment of the believer in the study of Gods Word, quality prayer life and commitment to a local church where the Word is being preached. The willingness to maintain these commitments allows the Holy Spirit the opportunity to cause a shift in the way that we think, and enables us to develop the mind of Christ.
Prv23: 7 “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.”