Nothing Changes Until Your Mind Changes
Many of us are familar with the passage of Scripture in Romans 12 that talks about not being conformed to the world, but being transformed by the renewing of our minds. I think the Message Bible paraphrase brings this whole thing right down on front street. (For those of you who don’t know what front street is, it’s right where you live!!!)
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:2 MSG
We live in a culture that worships at the altar of SELF with no desire please God. As Kingdom citizens and representatives of the Lord God Almighty, we must never be satisfied with the world’s standards that we fit right in. We are peculiar people! We are being transformed into the image of Christ. We do that by fixing our eyes on God and submitting the work of Holy Spirit that begins on the inside of us. He gives us revelation of the Truth of the Word and revelation leads to transformation. The Passion Translation brings this into deeper clarity:
Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. Romans 12:2 TPT
And so we see that nothing changes until our minds change. You want to know God’s will for your life? It’s for you to live a beautiful life totally transformed by the renewing of your mind to think the way God thinks. It’s a total upgrade!!!