“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let GOD transform you into a new person by changing the way that you think.” (Romans 12:2, NLT)
As I consider each word of this scripture from beginning to end, I’m enticed to want to stop reading at certain points and leave with the short takeaway that pleases me. But as I force my way past each word and on to the next one (I couldn’t resist), I’m realizing that there is so much to learn by looking at the entire verse aka the complete picture. I’ve known this about life in general, but I’ve never considered this in relation to the word of God.
As I progressed past each instruction (“Don’t copy…”, “…let GOD transform you…”), I see the gem that’s at the very end of the scripture. Not only should you not copy people, but more importantly we shouldn’t copy the behaviors and customs of this world. And not only should we let GOD transform us into new beings, but this transformation has to happen “by changing the way you think”. I never considered that GOD would expressly care how I became a better person. I just assumed it was something I was supposed to do or make happen on my own! It totally makes sense that He would want to make me better, I just never considered how it would happen. (Please tell me I’m not the only one that never thought about this lol)
But why transform my mind? Why not my heart, my spirit or, my emotions???..
I just literally thought of an answer to my own question. If GOD is all-powerful and all-knowing, couldn’t he use any means to transform each of us into a new person. There must be a specific reason that He wants to transform us by changing the way that we think. I suspect that the reason is because a transformation of the mind is a transformation of the foundation of how we operate. Our minds control all that we do. Our minds sense danger, sadness, joy, anticipation, and even shame. These are all feelings that our minds digest and use as instructions or encouragement for how to act. Imagine a world where your mind had more courage than fear or where your mind knew how to handle the shame and sadness you feel in a healthy way instead of a destructive way. I don’t know about you, but I’d like to sign up for a mind like that! So Lord, let’s go to work!