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”
Renewing one’s mind is no simple task. If you ever wondered why it seemed so easy for the Apostle Paul to tell us not to conform but to transform and be renewed; it was because Paul had made up his mind. Paul decided a long time before, that he would be a slave for Christ. This transformation does not happen from one day to the next. We, as the Apostle Paul, must not only desire a personal change but we must be willing to surrender ourselves totally to the will of God over our own.
The book of John 10:18 reminds us of the Lords words, “No one takes my life but I lay it down willingly”. Christ knew what it was like to do the will of his father. He knew that he had the power through the father to pick his life up again. In the same manner, we are to be willingly vessels unto God as he has given us a free will to serve and honor him. Thus a renewed state of mind requires willing and active participation on our part. I recall asking God to show me his will for my life and often prayed that I might do His will. Yet it took me considerable time to fully comprehend that in order to carry out God’s will, adjustments had to be made on my part. Change my friend doesn’t come readily and although the bible is replete with scriptures concerning these areas of the will, transformation and renewal; I have gradually and with pain staking experiences, come to the understanding that in order for this to occur, I would have to surrender myself, put down my fighting gloves, allow God to restore, renew and my mind through obedient willing participation. In essence, I had to yield my will over to the Lord without resistance for the mind transformation to take place.
Let me be clear, I did not arrive here on my own. I thank God for directing my path and leading my family and I to a place where we can worship the Lord and receive sound biblical doctrine under the leadership of Bishop Calvin G. Enlow, his spirit filled wife, First Lady Enlow and like minded believers. The bottom line and main factor remains that although prayer, reading and studying the word and sitting under leaders that teach us sound doctrine are helpful, good, necessary and required, the ultimate decision is ours and submission to God’s will is in our personal commitment and determination to surrender.
Let me add that one of the reasons I find it takes some of us longer than most, is because of our personal resistance and desire to do things our way instead of going the way of the Lord. When I came to the realization that once I made up my mind to yield my will to God’s will, he made it possible for me through his unfailing and unmerited grace.
Romans12:2 is often quoted from the pulpit and in prayer. Most often, flying right over our heads because deep down in our hearts, while we say “not my will Lord but yours be done”, we are in many cases subconsciously superimposing our will over that of the Lords. It is no wonder then that we struggle with attaining that transformation which ultimately brings the renewal of our mind. When we finally recognize, that God’s desire is to save and deliver us from ourselves and deposit in us those things that are good, acceptable and perfect in the Lord’s eyes, the old patterns will die and change will come.
While I understand that God’s word comes by way of revelation, know that God wants us to live free from the burdens logged in the recesses of our mind. He desires to transform us into his image by the renewing of our mind. Satan the enemy of our soul lives to kill, steal, and destroy us. His plot continually is to torment our mind. The Lord our God however, came to give us abundant life if we would but surrender our lives to him and get out of the way while he transforms and renews our mind for his purpose and glory. “Not my will Lord, but your will be done” In Jesus name