Renewing Your Mind Doesn’t Just Happen
The Bible tells those of us who follow Christ to renew our minds. It really does. Right there in Romans 12:2. Check it out if you don’t believe me.
I think most of us have read that verse, thought about those words, and heard sermons several times,. You would think that we would have it all figured out by now, but based on personal experience and personal observation I can answer that with one word.
The problem is that despite all we have heard and know, we act as though it is something that will just happen. It’s almost as though we think that renewing our minds will happen by osmosis. “I’ll read the verse and my mind will must be renewed.” We think that it takes no effort.
I don’t think that’s what Paul had in mind. I think he gives a couple of clues before he throws in the renewing our minds part.
In verse 1, Paul says that we should present our bodies as living sacrifices. That indicates that renewing our minds begins with dying to ourselves. Sounds like Paul is in line with Jesus, doesn’t it?
Then Paul goes on to say that we should not conform to the pattern of this world.
There we have some big thoughts on how to renew our minds. Die to self. Do not conform.
So, how can we specifically renew our minds?
How about not filling it with what the world does and filling it with what is Godly?
How about soaking up God’s word and memorizing it?
How about spending time in prayer daily and continuously?
Maybe we should go where the world doesn’t or only superficially does?
Let me give you and example?
A family in our church is leaving for Haiti on Christmas Day. They are going on a week-long mission trip. They are taking somewhere in the neighborhood of 6,000 pairs of shoes that people have donated to give to the people of Haiti. They will also be working at some other things while they are there.
Guess what? You don’t do that unless you’re dying to yourself. You aren’t conforming to the pattern of this world. You don’t do this unless your mind has been renewed. You have filled yourself up on God’s word and prayed about it. You’re going to Haiti when the world is more interested in something else.
Renewing your mind doesn’t just happen. It takes a lot of work. It’s a daily process to pursue.
Is your mind being renewed?