by Misty Phillip
…be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 ESV
One morning not too long ago, my phone rang. On the line was my assistant. She was anxiously awaiting an important appointment, and I could tell that fear was guiding her thoughts. “What will happen if this appointment does not go well?” She asked.
Wanting to provide comfort, but also speak truth in love, I responded, “God is good, either way. Place yourself in a posture of praise. Thank the Lord for who He is and what you know He can do. Keep a record of His faithfulness because He has been so good to you.” Since that conversation, my assistant has shared with me that her focus has shifted from worrying about her circumstances to worshipping the God who holds her in the midst of these circumstances. With her permission, I have shared this story, so that you may be encouraged and uplifted.
Perhaps, in this moment in history, we could all use a change of mind, a perspective shift, and an adjustment to our attitudes. But it should not stop there. Specifically, as believers, we need renewed minds – ones that worship the creator in Spirit and in truth. If you only take one tiny nugget of inspiration from this post, let it be this: a renewed mind leads to a renewed life.
What does a renewed mind look like?
The life of Paul the apostle is a tremendous example of the power that the Lord possesses to shift perspective and change a life. Paul was once a persistent persecutor of the church who met the Lord on the road to Damascus. Not only was his physical sight taken for a time, but he gained eternal vision. That is, he found that heavenly things are immensely more important than the things of this life.
In the letter of Romans, Paul provides an excellent framework for how our minds and our worship are to look. As believers, we should strive not to look like the world, but to imitate the character of Christ. When we do this, we are acting as set apart, and holy people who have dedicated and consecrated our minds and our lives to our Savior, Jesus Christ.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:1-2 ESV).
The word “renewal,” as used in this passage, comes from the Greek term that means “complete change for the better.” When we come to know Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our minds, hearts, and attitudes are completely shifted through the process of sanctification. This process, although ongoing, allows for us to have an intimate relationship with the Lord. The more that we grow in the knowledge of Him and His character, the greater our desire will be to worship Him. Having a deep personal connection to the Lord enriches every area of our lives and points others to our source of hope—Jesus.
I want to encourage you to get to know the Lord personally. Worship Him daily and walk in His ways. He is the giver of life, and we, as believers have the gift and the opportunity to praise Him with every breath. Take time to thank Him for who He is and to assume a posture of praise.
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About the author: Misty Philip is a dreamer and a doer who believes we are all here for a reason and that we are created for a purpose. She encourages people to use their story to give God glory. Misty is a podcaster, speaker, author, and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping you spark your soul message.
Founder of Spark Media which consists of the Spark Christian Podcast Conference, Spark Now Summit, and the Spark Collective. She is the host of the popular By His Grace podcast. Misty inspires others through her leadership, speaking, and mastermind groups. She currently serves as the Houston Connect Leader for Christian Women In Media. Misty is the author of the best-selling Bible Study, The Struggle is Real: But So is God and Spark Podcast Planner 2020.
Join the conversation: What do you do to renew your mind each day?