‘Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.’ – Romans 12:2 (NIV)
I searched up ‘renewing of your mind’ on google and it came up with this tripod website:
But unfortunately for most believers, their spiritual growth stops when they became born again because they don’t do anything about changing the way they think. Most go no further than being born again because most people think that once they are born again, then that is all there is to it because now they are saved saints of Jesus Christ that no longer sin. They feel that now that they are born again, the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ are going to keep them out of sin.
But the truth is, the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ are both there to help you but they will only help and assist you if they see effort and labor on your part. No effort, then no help. That is why so many believers continue to commit the same old sins and have the same old shortcomings that they had before they were born again.
Once you are born again, God isn’t suddenly going to show up and magically change you into a non-sinning happy and contented believer. Once you are born again you are still going to have a temper problem so that you still get angry if another person “gets in your face” or cuts you off in traffic. Your still going to succumb to the lure of alcohol. You can be born again 1,000 times and your still going to watch those filthy programs on television.
The sad truth is that many people who are born again still live in misery. Still are depressed. Still have thoughts of suicide. Still curse people out. Still beat up the kids. Still drink too much. So many born again Christians have to put on that phony face so that it appears to the world that they are happy sinless Christian followers of Jesus Christ.
So being born again doesn’t mean that you are going to stop a single sin that you have been committing. Nor does being born again prevent you from having all those bad and depressing feelings. They are all still going to be there.
It must be a terrible shock to a great many born again believers when they realize that nothing has changed, that their life style is still evil, that they are still committing the same old sins, in fact, they are still sinning just as much now as they were before they were ever born again. They must wonder why in the world did they ever get born again in the first place.
But what they don’t realize is that all being born again does, is tell Almighty God that you really and truly want to change your life around and that you are going to do everything in your power to change. Being born again simply tells God that you no longer want to follow the world but that from now on you want to follow Jesus Christ. It is here that God gives you a new heart, but that new heart is not enough. It is still vitally important for you to change the way you think about most of the things in your life.
Hence the renewing of the mind. I think the text quoted above relates to many born again christians. I know it does for me. We hear of drug addicts going clean with the power of Jesus. We expect God to dramatically change us when we are born again. But then we realize we are just the same and nothing has actually changed. That is why we need to renew our mind, with me being no exception.
We need to renew our minds daily to see what God has in plan for us – his good, pleasing and perfect will. At the moment I know God’s plan for me is social justice because he commands all to it. The Sheep and the Goat – Matthew 25:31-40
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. … “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’… “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’