Romans 12.2 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.
In Romans 12.2, the word transformed is from the Greek metamorphousthe or μεταμορφόω (metamorphoó), which is the root of the English terms “metamorphosis” and “metamorphize.”
How do we effect this transformation, this metamorphosis of the mind?
1 Corinthians 2.11b-16 even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. 12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
This is how we effect the transformation: through the power of the Holy Spirit of God. We simply cannot understand the things of God without His guidance. And, as children of the Most High God, WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST!
But we must work with God’s Spirit, and put our salvation to work – we must LEARN the Word of God, the ways of God.
The primary avenue of learning God is through the mind. The foundation must be God’s Word.
We learn with both our hearts and our minds. The heart may influence the mind, but only the fool allows the heart to rule. (Jeremiah 17.9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?)
We must train our hearts through the transforming of the mind.
When we learn God’s Word, the Holy Spirit works to transfer that knowledge to our hearts. This is vital, because we act on what is in our hearts – what we really believe. We know things in our minds, but we believe them in our hearts.
20My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
21Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
22For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
23Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
As you study God’s Word, pray that it floods your heart and fills it with His Truth.
God’s Word can be a mainstay in times of trouble. In my own experience, I sometimes haven’t had the heart to read my Bible or pray. But when, in obedience, I read anyway, and I prayed anyway, God blessed that obedience. March your way through the tough times in obedience.
Allow God’s Word to cleanse you, to fill you with hope, to guide you, to bring you peace.
And, in order to set your heart aright, learn what God says; let it filter to your heart, and believe.