“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 12:2
The above scripture tells us that we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. The question this leaves many Christians with is, ‘Ok, but how do I renew my mind?” Let’s look at the scripture. When we talk about renewing our mind it helps us to understand what the word renew means and how to apply its meaning. The word renew is the Greek word anakainosis. It is a compound Greek word that literally means to renovate.
Our church is currently renovating a building for our new Church home. Walls had to be taken down, the ceiling had to come down, electrical wiring and plumbing all had to be altered. Doors had to be moved to accommodate the flow of people for easy access to exits. Inspections made, fire codes have to be adhered to… am I drawing the picture for you? Renovation means that all the old things, in all their various forms, MUST go in order to accommodate the new usage and purpose of the building!
Renewing – or, renovating our minds, is not something we can do by ourselves. If we could, Jesus wouldn’t have sent the Word of God. There is only one prescribed way God gave us to renovate our minds, and that is through meditation on the Word of God!
The Word has a pounding affect. When we meditate on the Word, it begins to displace our old mindsets with God’s truth! We see things differently. We think and talk differently. We gain new understanding of our value to God and the meaning of life. As we apply the Word to our everyday life, our attitudes change, refreshment comes and oppression leaves! What’s really happened is that we have come to know the truth that has made us free!
That’s when we start noticing our transformation! It came about when our minds were renewed/renovated. The old things we held on to as pillars in our lives, don’t mean that much anymore, and we are not as easily influenced by them. It’s not because we took them down. It was the Word of God and the newness of truth that made those pillars obsolete!
The renewing of the mind is what transforms us – and the Word does all the heavy lifting. In short, we have been transformed by the renewing of our minds by understanding and walking in God’s will. The Will of God is the Word of God! And it comes alive in every facet of our being when we meditate on it and allow it bring its life and power into our lives! That’s the renewed mind!