“Be made new in the attitude of your minds”
What we think and the way we think is important. Paul described the degradation of the unbeliever’s life as being due to the futility of their minds.
“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.” (Ephesians 4:17-18)
Putting off our old selves will not be effective unless our minds are also made new – otherwise the old way of thinking and the old assumptions will lead us back into our old ways. Paul stresses the importance of this in a number of places.
• “the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.” (Romans 8:7)
• “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2)
• “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2)
In our conversion to Christ something has happened too within our minds. The Lord has given us a new way of thinking. However they need to be fed and developed. This is not a once off event but something that needs to be a continuous, daily, renewal of our outlook. Our minds need not only to be informed by the information contained in Scripture but formed through it by the Holy Spirit in the process. We do not submit the Word of God to our scrutiny but allow it to scrutinise and transform us as it reforms our thinking, understanding, knowledge and decision-making.
Having entrusted God with our lives we need also to entrust our minds to Him as well.
Feed prayerfully on the Scriptures. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to, and into, the Truth.
Lord God sanctify me by the truth, Your word is truth, and transform me by the renewing of my mind. Amen.