Renewing our minds
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Romans 12: 2 (NRSVA)
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Here is a call to walk an uncommon path by the renewal of our minds. That may mean changing how we think about what we have always believed, about what we have been taught for many years.
I wonder, are we willing to have our minds renewed by God’s Spirit so that we might be able to discern His will rather than the latest fashion in the Christian world?
Opening our minds can be risky because it may mean we turn off the path we have come to know well, the path where we remember the location of potholes, the steep climb, and the sharp bend.
What, if on this path of our choice, we are missing out on deepening our union with God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit?
Imagine if we are restricting God’s Spirit moving in and through us?
Imagine what it would be like to discern what is acceptable and perfect to God — not the minister, pastor, elder, leader of the group.
Imagine what a renewed mind would grasp, would offer us in terms of wisdom, insight with Scripture and theology.
Imagine the vision a mind renewed by the Holy Spirit might create!
Conforming to this world, or to the world created by Christians with charisma in the pulpit, or in print on paper, or with a popular social media profile, only leads us on a path impoverished by the need to feel accepted. When we choose to walk the path of Christ Jesus, we are affirmed as His beloved children, we belong to Him first. Today, I invite you to examine the path you choose to follow.
Holy God, transform me by renewing my mind, that I might follow the path you call me to walk, and be true to You and the purposes You have for me. Amen.
LENT FOCUS 3: PATHS
This week we are thinking about paths. A reflective activity you could try this week is getting a piece of paper and drawing an outline around each of your feet. Reflect on the past year of your life and the year ahead. In one foot outline write some of the places you’ve been with God in the past year and then on the the other foot you could write about where you are going to be with God in the year ahead.