10 Jan Day 6: Renewing your Mind
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind… (Romans 12:2)
For as long as we are on this earth, we will be in the midst of a battle for our minds. The world, our flesh, and the devil strive to draw our attention away from God and change not only what we think but also how we think. Some attacks are overt, such as the blatant sensuality and materialism that surround us. Others are more difficult to recognize, such as the prevailing thought of humans as the center of the universe – the belief that we can do all things ourselves, the emphasis on individual moral freedom, and the thousands of little things in our society that often distract us from God. We cannot remain neutral in this battle against the world, and if we are not active in combatting it, we will be conformed to it. What then must we do?
- We must be constantly praying. We cannot renew our minds on our own. We have been saved by God “by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5), and our own attempts to overcome the world will only lead to greater self-dependency rather than God-dependency. In recognition of our reliance on God, we must ask Him to renew our minds, that we “may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord…” (Colossians 1:9-10).
- We must be consistently reading the Word of God. The world claims to have the truth, or it claims that we can determine our own truth. In reality, Jesus is truth (John 14:6), and God’s Word is truth (John 17:17), and we must be in it daily in order to be able to discern truth from lies, God’s way from the world’s way, and the path to life from the path to death.
- Lastly, we must be consciously placing our minds on Jesus rather than things of the world. We have choices each day about what to think and how to think. While we cannot change on our own, we can respond in accordance with the Spirit’s work to elevate Jesus in our lives (Philippians 4:8).
- For ourselves and for the church, let us pray that we may be constantly relying on God in prayer, consistently in the Word, and consciously placing our minds on Jesus. We cannot renew our minds on our own, but as we do these things, the Spirit will transform us more and more into Christ’s image.
- For our community and for the world, let us pray that God will give us compassion for them and a desire that they may hear and believe the truth. Furthermore, let us pray that He may use us to reveal His truth and the saving love of Jesus to them.
- We know that Jesus Christ has overcome the world. Therefore, let us live victoriously, faithfully following Jesus each day. As we do this, we can be confident that He will complete His work in and through us (Philippians 1:6).