May 13, 2009

Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Here’s the deal- you’re going to change. Try as you might, you can’t stop the progression of time and age. The issue is, will you change for the better? Here Paul tells his readers to be transformed. This implies that some outside force (God) does the transforming. He tells them to do this by the renewing of their minds. The word mind for his readers would not be limited to academic pursuits or simply the logical or rational. Mind had to do with their whole inner orientation and attitude towards things. So he is basically saying let God change you by giving you a new way of viewing life. I have been reading a wonderful book Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation by Ruth Haley Barton. You can (and should) purchase it on the following website: www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?item_no=833331&netp_id=434169&event=ESRCN&item_code=WW&view=covers. It explores this theme in depth. Hey, you are going to change anyway. Why not make it a change for the good?!

Don

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