One of the hardest things we seem to have to do as humans is to change our mind. We are a stubborn bunch, headstrong and for the most part set in our ways. We are creatures of habit and sometimes not very open to change once we have our minds set on something. As a child our minds are purer before they become adulterated with all the garbage that the world can fill them with. There is something that we lose as we lose the innocence of our youth. Our mind can become bitter, angry and confused as it is bombarded with the sins of humanity.
Thank God in Christ Jesus that when we are born again, the Holy Spirit begins a work in us to renew our minds to remove all the garbage life has filled it with. He works on our behalf daily as we seek God and fill our minds with His word. He does for us what we cannot do for ourselves.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
The meaning here is to actually may you be transformed, translated the word actually means that a metamorphoses is taking place.
In Christ we are transfigured, we are new creatures – we are new persons; with new habits, new thoughts, and new desires. The word used here in Romans directly implies that a radical, thorough change morally and spiritually is taking place on the inside and out. We can liken this to the transformation of caterpillar into a butterfly.The caterpillar is metamorphosed into one of the most amazing things that we see in nature. When a caterpillar emerges from a cocoon, it is a new creature, all the old has passed away and everything is new. There is nothing that remains to be seen of the old form. It has a new body, one that goes from scurrying around on its belly to soaring high above the ground, floating on air as one of the most beautiful things that God has created. This is God’s desire for us. We read in 2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if anyone be in Christ, they are a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
We read here of the wondrous transformation that has taken place in our lives as we are redeemed by the precious blood from that eternal river that flows freely from the throne of grace washing our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. We are blessed beyond measure as the sin that has corrupted our hearts and minds is replaced with the good things of God. We are given the gift of the Holy Spirit who works on our behalf on a continuous basis to renew our mind as we are transformed into the righteousness of Christ Jesus by the grace that entered our hearts. He is the author that began the grace within us and he will complete the work, renewing our minds by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us. He will give us an increase of spiritual light and heavenly knowledge. We can be thankful as we begin to enjoy a life of joy as we find in Him our comfort.
Second by second, minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day, we are given fresh supplies of grace. It is the exercise of grace working to renew our minds, helping to clean out what the world has filled it with, and replacing it with heavenly righteous thoughts. These thoughts come as part of the gift we receive as recipients of the greatest metamorphoses that takes place in all of creation – our salvation.. The transformation given by the grace of our Lord by far even eclipses even that of the butterfly. There is no greater beauty than one who has been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb and been changed into a new creature – a child of God.
- 09 How to Obtain Godliness (sabbathsermons.com)