Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1,2
“But be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2b,c)
John Piper wrote these words about transformation — “The Christian alternative to immoral behavior is not a new list of moral behaviors. It is the triumphant power and transformation of the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ — our Savior, our Lord, our Treasure.”
What then is the key to transformation? Paul gives us the answer — “By the renewing of your mind.” Transformation comes as our minds are being renewed by the Holy Spirit.
The problem is that our minds are fallen. We have a mindset that runs in opposition to God. This is why it is so easy for us to become conformed to the pattern of the world. Our minds are by nature not God-worshiping minds; they are by nature self-worshping minds. Only the Holy Spirit can renew our minds.
The Holy Spirit works from the inside out. He breaks our hard hearts, humbles us, and opens our eyes to God’s truth. He shows us the beauty of our Savior. He leads us to grasp the truth of the gospel, to read the Scriptures and to meditate upon them, and to pray. One cannot be renewed in his or her mind without these things. We must develop the spiritual disciples in order to grow in our sanctification.
What then do we do in obedience to Romans 12:1,2? We join the Holy Spirit in His all-important work of sanctification — “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:12,13). We pursue Christ with all our hearts as we read and meditate upon the Scriptures, and we pray that the Holy Spirit will renew our minds so that we may desire and approve the will of God. It is then that we can offer our bodies as living sacrifices to God, which is our spiritual worship.
Spirit of the Living God, I know that my mind by nature is self-seeking and self-worshiping. Move in my mind, renew it, and enable me to love Jesus more than I love myself and cause me to think with the mind of my Savior Jesus.
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