“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.” Rom. 12:2 (NIV)
Paul teaches us here that transformation occurs through the renewing of our mind.
We change as our thinking changes.
The most relevant part of our thinking is how we view ourselves in relation to the world around us, or as it has been termed…our worldview.
Our worldview impacts a large majority of our actions and reactions throughout the day.
If we truly understand that we are sons and daughters of the Creator of the universe…we will act differently than if we believe we are abandoned orphans.
If we believe that God truly loves and accepts us, we will act differently than if we still hold onto the lie that we must earn God’s favor.
If we believe that God desires what is best for us, we will act differently than if we remain suspicious of God’s motives and ultimate purpose.
We achieve the integrated life by allowing our minds to be renewed with the truth about God, the world, and ourselves.
But in order to have our minds renewed, we must first accept the truth that our mind needs renewing.
We must realize that not everything we believe is actually true.
This doesn’t mean we abandon all our presuppositions each day and start over. Instead, it means that we constantly test our thinking against the standard of absolute truth…the Bible.
It means that when our thinking doesn’t completely agree with what Scripture says, we remain open to the possibility that we are wrong.
Too often our pride gets in the way and we begin to believe we’ve “got it right”. We make excuses for why our thinking differs from Scripture. We attribute the disagreement to differences in culture, time, or interpretation.
The reality may be that we are seeing and thinking incorrectly. We won’t renew our minds until we realize the possibility that we are wrong…and thus we won’t be transformed.
There is a fine line between standing firm for the truth and becoming hardened against the truth.
We should be ready to defend the truth…but open also to be changed by the truth.
Prayer: Lord, help me be humble toward Your truth.