Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-2, NAS)
Paul is urging us as believers to present our bodies as a living sacrifice, living for Him instead of our selfish desires. He goes on to tell us this is our reasonable service.
We are encouraged to make a traumatic change by renewing our mind; to make new again. And not to comply with the standards and ways of the world; the way the world says and does things. By doing this, we will be able to discern what His will for us is.
Time to get my mind right… I find myself saying this a lot lately. After a long hard day of work, this is something I would say Friday at 4:00 pm. This weekend, I am going to get my mind right. Getting my mind right would include me taking a long, hot bubble bath, sitting on my patio gazing up at the beautiful blue sky, lighting some scented candles, and sitting on my couch with the tv off; in complete silence. I also like plugging in my diffuser and adding several drops of eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus oil has a way of making me feel calm; the smell is so relaxing. I’m sure we all have different ways we go about to get our minds right.
As I grow and mature in my walk with Christ, the phrase begins to have a new and different meaning. I begin to look at it with my spiritual eyes. The things listed above do help me relax and I enjoy them. However, I am learning that getting my mind right really entails the renewal of my mind as Paul urges us to do in Romans 12:2. In order to do this, I must connect to God and strengthen my relationship with Him. I do this by spending time with Him, reading His Word, and praying. I need to set aside some time to devote to God and commune with Him on a daily basis. It may not be easy, but it is necessary. I must be still and know that He is God. My heart must change. I must be changed from the inside out. As I spend time with my Daddy, the Holy Spirit that resides in me begins to do a work on the inside of me. Getting my mind right means me submitting my thoughts and selfish desires to Him and allowing Him to transform my life. When my mind is right, I will be able to discern His will for the life that He has given me. I will clearly hear Him when He speaks to me. As a result of this, I will be able to walk in the fullness, love, and grace of my Heavenly Father.
Let’s restore and make our minds spiritually new. Join me in this renewal process.
E Evaluate your relationship with Him
N Neglect the old way of thinking / new mindset
E Enter into His presence daily
W Walk in His authority
Have you gotten your mind right? Are you walking in the fullness of His will?