Points to note:
- renewing your mind is the key to growing as a Christian
- the goal of the transformation is to become like Christ
- the only way to be transformed is being conformed to the word of God and setting your mind on the things above
- You’re either conformed to this world or you are transformed by renewing of your mind
You are either conformed to this world or you are TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind. If you do not renew your mind you will not be TRANSFORMED.
Renewing our minds is the key to growing as a Christian. It is the difference between being CONFORMED to this word or being TRANSFORMED into a new creation because the mind controls life and behavior. Without the renewal of your Mind, you will simply stay CONFORMED to this world – you will be no different from the unsaved, your witness for Christ will fail to have any credibility – in Jesus words you will be salt that has lost its savour. This is crucial stuff.
The goal of this transformation is to become like Christ and to live like Christ. The only way of being transformed is being conformed to His word. The process of transformation continues as we renew the mind. Unless there is a renewing of the mind, any change in our lives will be superficial.
Renewing the mind is made possible by setting our minds on things above and on the things of the Spirit. We are to feed our minds with the Word of God, prayer, fellowship, etc. With our minds “renewed” we can experience a true transformation! WE do this by putting off the old man and putting on the new man and by living according to the
Spirit. With a renewed mind, it becomes possible to put off the old, and put on the new!
If you are a Christian then you have been called to be “transformed” into the image of Christ. You have all the motivation you need (God’s mercies and Christ’s love). You have the opportunity to start anew. You must allow your mind to be renewed by setting them on things above. In light of God’s wonderful grace, this is your “reasonable” service!
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your reasonable service. 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.” (Romans 12:1-2)
“That you put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And you put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24)
“You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your mind and heart on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right side of God. Keep your mind fixed on things there, not on things here on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3).
“For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”
(1 Corinthians 2:16)