To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints…
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer 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 12:1-2
Our mind is undoubtedly one of, if not the most precious and amazing parts of our bodies. It is that place where our thoughts begin and are stored. Our mind is the control center of our lives that processes all of the information we receive through the millions of stimuli we experience through the use of our five senses. Our mind takes all of those jumbled stimuli and makes sense of it. It communicates how we are supposed to feel based on the stimuli it receives. It tells us to laugh, to cry, to love, to fight, to run, and the list goes on and on.
Paul understood this about the mind which is why he wrote to the saints in Rome: first, to not be conformed to the pattern of this world; and second, to be transformed. How do we accomplish this? Through the renewing of our minds. This happens when we allow the Holy Spirit to convict us of those things that are “not” holy and pleasing to God, to remind us to steer away from things that will distract us from God’s good, pleasing and perfect will. We cannot expect to have our minds renewed if we are filling them with the patterns of the world. The process of renewing out minds won’t be easy which is why Paul uses the word “sacrifices”.
What we fill our minds with will, without question, determine how clearly we will understand what God has for our lives.
What’s in your mind?