The soundtrack from Transformers: The Movie is still one of the greatest things to come out of the 80s. If you need to take a minute to pull it up and listen, I understand. For me, Stan Bush’s Dare helped me bike at the speed of a cheetah! Phew . . . boy was I fast!
. . . great times . . .
Anyway . . . Transformers! Great toy of the 80s and nice to see a revival with the recent live action movies although they admittedly, got worse as time went on. But I still love them. A regular looking car or truck or plane can transform into a robot – something completely different.
Yesterday we looked at how Peter told us to not be conformed to the passions of our former ignorance. In Romans 12, Paul tells us to not be conformed to this world.
Simple to say but challenging to carry out.
Paul gives us some more specific direction though. Verse 2 says this:
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.
They way that Paul advises us to not be conformed to the world is to be instead TRANSFORMED. Something new.
A new creation.
A new person.
A new being.
Something completely different than what we initially appear to be.
By the renewing of your mind.
Renewing. Like a book from the library. The clock runs out,
but we hit the reset button & renew.
Same with our minds.
We must constantly hit the reset button on our minds.
If the Israelites could store up the manna from heaven, they wouldn’t need to depend on God daily (Exodus 16:19-36).
If you could set your mind right & leave it, you wouldn’t need to depend on God daily.
Tomorrow, the testing that’s mentioned in the rest of that verse.
Thoughts to Pray/Journal:
- What do you need to do to renew your mind? Wrestle with this thought and come up with some concrete answers. What does it look like for you to renew your mind?
- Would those closest to you say that you are ‘transformed’?
- What corrosive thoughts percolate in your mind when you haven’t renewed it? How can you prevent those thoughts from festering in the future?