Renew Your Mind
Renew Your Mind
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12-1-2)
In the early chapters of his letter, Paul addressed all that God had done through “grace.” Now in the closing of his epistle, Paul urges the believer to dedicate themselves to God. The Greek word for “beseech” is "Deomai,” to "beg" or "plead." Paul was not making a command, there is a difference. Commands are based on laws when a law is broken there are penalties one has to suffer. Paul “pleads” that we as believers for the love of the gospel of Jesus Christ, surrender all unto God.
“By the mercies of God,” the Greek word translated for “mercy” is “eleos” which means compassion. We should always remind ourselves of all that God has done for us and continues to do. His tender mercies are new to us every morning. “God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son.” Should we not give our all unto Him?
“Brethren,” Paul is addressing “believers” those who are saved. It is because we have been saved that we must be willing to present our bodies as an offering unto God.
“Present your bodies” the word "present" is the same word found in Romans 6:13 (there translated "yield"), and a comparison of these two verses indicates that "your body" is equivalent to "yourself." When we give God our bodies we are giving Him all that we are. Each of us have been brought with a “price” Jesus gave his life that we might be saved. What Jesus suffered for you and me is uncomprehendable we can never know what he went through up on the cross. We owe our very life to God our bodies are but a mere sacrifice.
“Sacrifice” as believers are called to be ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ministers give offerings they “sacrifice” for the good of the gospel. As minister we must be willing to be used by God any way He sees fit. In presenting our bodies to be used by God we become a “living sacrifice.”
“Living” before God saved us we were dead in our transgressions. No longer are we dead but alive for we have been “resurrected” in Christ Jesus.
“Holy” God has called us to be “holy” as He is “Holy”
“Acceptable” We must strive to please God. It brings Him great joy when we serve Him with a willing and obedient heart. We should never allow anything to come between us and God.
“Reasonable” we get our English word "logical" from this Greek word. As believers in spite of all that Christ has done for us, we should want nothing more than to surrender our all unto Him. It is just the “logical” thing to do. It is our reasonable duty to serve our creator, the true and living God.
“Be not conformed to this world,” The word “conformed” means to act according to. What Paul’s is saying here is that once we are saved it is of the upmost importance that we no longer allow ourselves to be influenced by our fleshly desires, which is none other than “temptation.” We must desire to “resist” our old nature the lust of the flesh we can no longer allow our eyes to look upon things that we know have the power to draw us away from God.
“But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,” Paul understood that mans character being starts in the mind and flows through the heart. We form patterns of behavior from the things that enter into our minds from birth. It is in our minds that we learn to solve problems. Our minds control the way we feel about ourselves and the world in which we live in. Our attitudes, dreams, fears, values are formed in our minds. The problem with our minds is that it does not line up with the will or God. This is why once we are “saved” we continue to struggle with issues of the heart.
Therefore the Apostle Paul tells us that “transformation” getting rid of the old way of thinking and replacing it with the “mind of Christ.” The only way that we can do this is through the word of God. The Bible tells us that the “word of God is “truth.” By applying the “word” of God daily in our lives we begin to see things from a different perspective. This is not at all an easy transition. Everything we have learned begins to be challenged through Gods word. Picture a person fighting an addiction the first thing they experience is withdrawals. Their bodies fight giving up whatever they have been addicted to. So it is with “renewing” or minds. Our old beliefs, attitudes, values, are all challenged.
Transformation is not comfortable, but it is indeed necessary. Mathew 15:19-20 tells us "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies, These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”
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