November 1, 2017 | Jeff Ingram
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, 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 12:2
I believe it is significant that the only time the word translated “transformed” is used in all the gospels is on what we call the mountain of transfiguration where Jesus was transfigured before His disciples and His face shone like the sun and His clothes became white as light. What a beautiful picture of something completely new, completely different but still recognizable. This something new, something different begins with a renewal of the mind. The renewing of the mind is that space and time where your will is brought into agreement with the Father’s will. His thoughts become your thoughts and His ways become your ways. This process of renewal, and make no mistake about it – it is a process, is intimately connected with the Word of God but it does not stop there. Much like a treasure map has value because it leads to something greater, the Word of God also has value because it leads to the One who is greater. And it is this One who brings about renewal of our minds which leads to transformation of our lives.
We must also remember the subtle but significant point that renewal of our minds is not simply changing our minds but rather actively exchanging one thing for another. It is both natural and supernatural. Renewal of the mind is replacing fallible worldly knowledge and logic with the infallible knowledge and logic of God’s truth. We ignore the truth of God at our own peril. We must realize that God isn’t trying to get us to embrace His will because it does Him good, but rather because it does us good. Much as a doctor prescribes medicine not for his benefit but for the benefit of the patient. Simply put, we are all messed up in our thinking to one degree or another whether we realize it or not and we desperately need a reorientation of both heart and mind.
You see, God doesn’t just desire any transformation – He desires true transformation. True transformation leads to a better reality; wrong transformation leads to a false reality. True transformation leads to healing; wrong transformation leads to brokenness. True transformation leads to Life; wrong transformation leads to death. But this authentic, life-changing, and life-giving true transformation follows proper renewal of the mind.