Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 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.
Salvation, receiving Jesus as Savior and Lord, changes us. We become new creations in Christ 2 Corinthians 5:17. Old things are passed away and all things are become new. When we get saved we are not totally aware of all that passed away and all that became new. We are God’s workmanship Ephesians 2:10. We are the handiwork of God, and He never made a failure, flop, or mistake. The new creation was a complete success. A totally renewed mind was purchased for us by Jesus which is the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). There is a process we participate in for this to transform our natural mind.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:23, it tells us we are spirit, soul, and body, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” We have to know where salvation took place. Salvation changed our spirit – instantly. Salvation in the future will change our body instantly in the rapture or resurrection. Salvation has to hit our soul (mind, will, and emotions) in an ongoing way. This change, this transformation, happens by something – not by luck, chance, or accident. We have to know how change comes to our soul. The Bible describes this change process in several ways:
- By the renewing of the mind Romans 12:1,2.
- Inward man is renewed day by day 2 Corinthians 4:16.
- Be renewed in the spirit of your mind Ephesians 4:22-24.
- Put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge Colossians 3:10.
- Receive with meekness the engrafted (implanted) Word which is able to save your soul James 1:21
Meditating on the Word, feeding on the Word, and praying in the Holy Ghost all are a part of this renewing process. This change is up to us. We can start it or stop it. It is personal and up to each individual. God will not force this change on us. The only true and secure source of identity comes from who God says we are in Christ. This is what we must renew our minds to. Our identity lies in the fact that we are all the children of God and we are IN CHRIST. We are no longer the products of our past but products of Christ’s complete and finished work in our redemption. Without this change of identity affecting our soul through the renewing of our mind, we create and are controlled by a false basis of identity.
PAST EXPERIENCES – what life has said we are. If life experiences define our identity or who we are then whatever has happened to us in our past determines our now and future and fixes us on a course like a robot with no hope of change.
PERFORMANCE – what our actions say we are. If this defines who we are we feel good about ourselves as long as we are doing good but miserable if we are doing bad. The problem is that good people make mistakes, fail, and can do bad things.
PEOPLE’S OPINIONS – what people say we are. If people’s opinions define us it makes us subject to being manipulated, dominated, and intimidated by people.
PERSONAL PERCEPTION – what we have concluded and perceived about ourselves. We can be deceived and self-absorbed and not always think objectively about ourselves. What we perceive may not be the truth or reality.
POSITION – what our occupation or positions we hold say we are. Problem is our occupations and positions can change as time passes.
God’s desire is to touch the world with the Gospel through His Body called the Church. He wants to work through all of us in an unhindered and unrestricted way. He has a plan, destiny, and assignment for every Believer. We must get our minds renewed to who we are in Christ before we can do what we are to do.