2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
The process of authentic change in a new and positive direction is never quick or light work. To gain true transformation, we must realize the process will take time. There is no “snap of the fingers” that allows for instantaneous victories. More importantly, it must start with the right motivation. Without a true conviction, any fight against our familiar habits begins to lose effectiveness.
This principle can be applied not only to physical, financial or relational transformations, but also to the renewing of our minds. In today’s Scripture, Paul urges us to seek this specific type of transformation. We are called to fight against being conformed to our old ways of thinking or to world’s theologies and desires.
This transformation will not be won through our efforts alone. We must also use divine weapons to engage the process (see 2 Corinthians 10:3-6). Christ Himself provides us with three weapons: acknowledgement (through God’s revelation and conviction), intentionality (through prayer and study of the Word), and motivation (through God’s mercy and grace). But we are not exempt from the work. It will take time and practice, engaging in all three areas to break mental habits and strongholds.
Through this process, we will be able to determine the difference between our old judgmental ways of thinking and godly discernment. There is a fine line between the two, but as we’re motivated by mercy and as we realize God’s gift of forgiveness in our own lives, we will be equipped to discern His will as we disciple others. We will be able to see clearly the good and perfect things God desires, and we will learn to live and minister in ways that are pleasing to Him.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- Acknowledgment takes place when we as Christians admit we have strongholds in our thought processes and habits. Ask God to reveal an area where you personally need to have your mind transformed. Ask Him for forgiveness and mercy, and then be brave to do the work needed.
- Intentionality means we must face our strongholds and old ways of thinking and determine a plan of action so they might be transformed. I challenge you to engage in the study of Scripture and prayer on a daily basis as part of your plan.
- Motivation comes through God’s mercy and grace. Remind yourself daily why this work of transformation is worth your time, your talents, your treasure and your testimony.