“Be transformed by the renewing of your minds” Romans 12:2
A common expression when I was growing up was: “I have half a mind to tell them a thing or two!” To which, my Grandfather usually said, “Half a mind is probably all they have.”
It should not surprise anyone then that God, the creator of all minds, has a few things to say about them.
- Romans 12:2 Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature. CEB
- Ephesians 4:20-24 But that isn’t the way Christ taught you! 21 If you have really heard his voice and learned from him the truths concerning himself,22 then throw off your old evil nature—the old you that was a partner in your evil ways—rotten through and through, full of lust and sham.23 Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better. 24 Yes, you must be a new and different person, holy and good. Clothe yourself with this new nature.
- Psalm 26:2-3 Examine me and test me, Lord; judge my desires and thoughts.
3 Your constant love is my guide; your faithfulness always leads me.
- Isaiah 26:3-4 He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! 4 Trust in the Lord God always, for in the Lord Jehovah is your everlasting strength.
- Matthew 22:36-38 “Teacher,” he asked, “which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the greatest and the most important commandment.
- Romans 14:5 Some people think that a certain day is more important than other days, while others think that all days are the same. We each should firmly make up our own minds.
- 1 Corinthians 2:14-16 Whoever does not have the Spirit cannot receive the gifts that come from God’s Spirit. Such a person really does not understand them, and they seem to be nonsense, because their value can be judged only on a spiritual basis.15 Whoever has the Spirit, however, is able to judge the value of everything, but no one is able to judge him. 16As the scripture says, “Who knows the mind of the Lord? Who is able to give him advice?” We, however, have the mind of Christ.
- Colossians 3:1-4 Since you became alive again, so to speak, when Christ arose from the dead, now set your sights on the rich treasures and joys of heaven where he sits beside God in the place of honor and power. 2 Let heaven fill your thoughts; don’t spend your time worrying about things down here. 3 You should have as little desire for this world as a dead person does. Your real life is in heaven with Christ and God. 4 And when Christ who is our real life comes back again, you will shine with him and share in all his glories.
- 1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, once you have your minds ready for action and you are thinking clearly, place your hope completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Millions of dollars have been made over the years through “Think and Grow Rich” programs. And not just in the world. This type of Positive Thinking has also permeated the Church. Why would people continue to buy these books and listen to these types of sermons? Because the mind is a powerful tool and we can, indeed, think our way into change.
However, believers have the mind of Christ which stands for holiness, purity, self-sacrifice, the mind of a servant, thinking more highly of others than ourselves.
The mind of Christ in us brings peace beyond human understanding, carrying an eternal promise of perfection with God.