Renewing and Restoring
By Lee Moseley
“Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect”
(Romans 12:2, RSV)
After calling Christians to present their bodies to God in service and sacrifice, due to God’s great mercy that He had bestowed on them, Paul now tells these believers, and us, how to live out this reality. It is not in the way the world lives, but comes as a result of a transforming life.
“And how is this transformation enacted?”
It comes by renewing and restoring our minds to the original state God created them to be so we might truly know and experience God’s will and what he would the have for our lives.
“So, how do we do this?”
This comes through getting a daily grip on the grace of God that has been so mercifully bestow upon us. As we walk in light of God’s goodness, it is easy to become arrogant and proud.
However, God warrants our attention to act in humility by placing others above ourselves. This comes as we constantly remind ourselves of what God did for us when we deserved nothing in return. And yet, He was the one who did it for us. We had nothing to do with our faith at all.
It was not that God threw me a life raft in a sinking sea. No, I had already drowned and was at the bottom of the ocean floor, dead. God then entered that dark abyss and founded me. He brought be up from the depth’s floor, and place me on land. There, he breathed life into me. It was nothing, period, that I did, but totally everything that He did that has given me life.
My transformation then comes by renewing my mind constantly of an understanding of God’s grace.
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”
Pray: “Father, may I constantly be transformed by renewing my mind with your grace found in Christ Jesus.”