Read: Romans 12:1-2

In this passage, Paul talks about the concept of renewing our minds. We’re often victims of our own thought patterns, aren’t we? But Paul shows us a way out.

Think about it as spring cleaning. We might think of spring cleaning as a chore, but there’s something incredibly satisfying about getting rid of old, useless things and making space for the new. Imagine what it would feel like to spring clean your mind — to clear out those old, self-defeating thoughts and replace them with new, empowering ones. That’s what God’s grace does for our minds.

I love how William James, the father of American Psychology, emphasized the importance of our thoughts. He said, “You are not what you think you are, but what you think, you are.” In other words, our thoughts shape our identity and our behavior. If we think we’re stuck, we’ll act like we’re stuck. But if we think we’re free, we’ll act like we’re free.

The most effective way to change your habits is to change how you see yourself. In other words, change your thoughts. The same principle applies here. God’s grace enables us to renew our minds and adopt a new identity in Christ.

It’s crucial to realize that this renewal doesn’t happen automatically. It’s a process that, like any process, requires effort and intentionality. We must choose to fill our minds with God’s truth instead of the world’s lies. We must focus on what God says about us, not what others say.

Today let’s commit to renewing our minds. Stop thinking about who you think you are and what you think you are capable of. Give those thoughts to God, and let him give you new ones! Let’s allow God’s grace to clear out the clutter of our old ideas and make room for new, life-giving ones. As we do, we’ll discover the true power to change that lies within us.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What thought patterns have been holding you back from experiencing transformation?
  2. How can you actively work to renew your mind in Christ?
  3. What Scriptures can you use to replace negative thoughts with God’s truth?