“(1) Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” [Romans 12:1-2 NASB]
“The Christian mind is the prerequisite of Christian thinking, and Christian thinking is the prerequisite for Christian action.”
― Harry Blamires, The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think?
Unless we have transformed and renewed minds from which to frame our thinking then we will not be able to discover God’s will for our lives, our families, our communities, our nation, or our world. If we are to be the “light” of the world we must be enlightened by God to know how the gospel relates to every aspect of our lives.
To be “worldly” is not just to have so vices and bad habits. It is to think as the unbelieving culture around us thinks. Now in our pluralistic culture, the spirit of unbelief has many differing ways to think about life, but even when they fight each other they are united in rejecting the gospel-centered worldview.
Unless at a practical level we make decisions out of the “mind of Christ” then really our faith rarely impacts our daily lives. Before we can ask ourselves “What would Jesus do?” we must first ask ourselves “What would Jesus think?”
Dr. Norman Wise will outline a process by which we can begin to develop a renewed and transformed mind frame from which we understand God’s will for ourselves and others.