Scripture for Today: Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
This sculpture of a brain is found in Norfolk, England. It was created to honor a very intelligent 17th century author, Sir Thomas Browne. It is made of marble, which reinforces to me the idea that it is difficult sometimes to change one’s mind! Americans spent 1.9 billion on brain-improving apps! Many of them claim to improve memory, increase IQ, and boost other cognitive skills. Of course, engaging in different types of new cognitively demanding tasks is good for the brain!
Today’s verse talks about transforming and renewing one’s mind. We are told to do it so it must be something that is possible. But rather than using brain teasers and games, we are to use the transforming power of God’s Word. Unlike any other book, God’s Word is living and active, penetrating to reveal thoughts and attitudes (Hebrews 4:12). Reading, meditating and memorizing God’s Word allows the believer to discern what God wants of us. His Word also helps us to resist what the world wants from us; conformity!
I find tremendous comfort in the fact that God’s will for me is good, pleasing and perfect! Often I approach God’s will with trepidation, thinking that somehow God’s will is mysterious, unknowable, and much too difficult. But after spending time in His Word, I have a different mindset. He renews my mind so I can understand and be on board with what He wants of me. And He shows me where my thinking conforms to the false ideas of the world. He replaces those thoughts with His truth!
Thank you Lord, for changing my mind!