The Bible tells us to be “transformed by the renewing of our minds.” But what does it really mean to have a renewed mind? As followers of Christ, we aren’t just called to live differently, but we are called to think differently as well.
Changing the way we think may seem like a daunting task. It certainly requires a bit of discipline. If I’m going to change the way I think, I’m going to have to be diligent to be aware of what I’m thinking about and make changes when necessary. I have to make choices about what I allow my mind to dwell on. We may not have control over the thoughts that spontaneously enter our minds, but we certainly have control over the thoughts we allow to stay.
So why go through all of this trouble in the first place? Is having a renewed mind worth it?
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Here are 4 benefits of having a renewed mind in Christ:
- We learn to discern the will of God.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2
- We grow closer to God and become more like Him in the process.
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. – Colossians 3:10 (NLT)
- A renewed mind helps us to recognize our true identities in Christ.
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. – Colossians 3:1-3
- We find life and peace beyond understanding when we allow our minds to be transformed by the Holy Spirit.
For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace. – Romans 8:5-6
These are just four of the benefits associated with having a renewed mind in Christ. There are certainly countless more. We more readily love and forgive others. We develop a hatred towards sin and worldly living. Abiding in Him becomes second nature, and we daily experience the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. I don’t know about you, but I’d say these are some pretty amazing benefits!
When we daily renew our minds, we begin to see the world through the eyes of our Savior.
So what does it really mean to be transformed by the renewing of our minds? The word “transformed” should serve as a clue.
Renewing the mind results in complete transformation. No longer a slave to the power of sin. No longer living a life that leads to death. But rather we are transformed into a new creation – a child of God.
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