Romans 12:2 NLT says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
I was just looking at some commentaries for Romans 12:2. I really like what the Vine’s Expository Dictionary says the Greek word for renewing in the original text of this verse…
“The Greek word translated “renewing” (Romans 12:2), anakainōsis, is used sparsely in the New Testament. It means “a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better.” Rather than surrendering to the normal patterns of this world—“the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life” (1 John 2:16)—believers in Jesus are to constantly undergo “adjustment of moral and spiritual vision and thinking to the mind of God.” How so? By the Holy Spirit’s renewal (see Titus 3:5), which “is not a fresh bestowment of the Spirit but a revival of His power, developing the Christian life”.”
I like that the thought behind a renewing of our minds is more like a complete change or full renovation. It is not like a quick paint job one does to a car or house to tidy it up. It is a complete restoration rather than a makeover.
As I think of this I think of some of the car shows I watch. They take an old rusty car, cut out the rust and weld in new metal to make it like the rust was never there. They might also replace the engine, chassis and suspension. In the end a 50 year old car is actually often better than it was when it came from the factory.
I think this is type of renewing we need as Christians. Our minds are impacted so much by this world and culture we live in. Right and wrong becomes blurred and people have their own truths. What we need is God to renew our minds by His Word and His Spirit. We need to be lifted out of this worldly thinking and transplanted into His Kingdom way of thinking.
Renewing our minds is just so vital for us as Christians. We need it to fully understand what God wants us to do. It is a key foundation in being the people who God wants us to be.
Dear God, help me to renew my mind. I pray that when I read the Bible the Holy Spirit will quicken the Words to my heart and mind. I want to be changed from the inside out. I want to walk in Your ways, love others the way You do and know Your good, pleasing and perfect will in my life. I ask in Jesus name, Amen.