From an email I sent
In Romans 12:2, Paul tells us to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” In Eph 4:23 the apostle repeats that we ought “to be renewed in the spirit of your minds”. And then, lest we wonder why and how, in Col. 3:10 he informs us that we “…have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator”.
The world is fallen, and that falleness manifests first and foremost in its thinking. How? Quite simply, by completely removing God from every outlook and worldview. From secular philosophy to manmade religions, God is gradually pushed aside and outside while humanity vies to settle in His throne. Adam and Eve started it in the Garden, and we’ve had plenty of time to try it on for size.
So here we come in. Christians. Forgiven sinners, mere beggars who want to tell others where the banquet is. Justified by grace and now set on a mind-blowing course of recreation and transformation. In this world, but not of it anymore (John 17:11, 16).
How are we then to live in the midst of a thousand thoughts, beliefs and worldviews that set themselves against the knowledge of God (2 Cor 10:5)? By constantly renewing our minds, removing the elements of the “earthly, unspiritual and demonic” wisdom (James 3:15) that we baggaged along when we came to Christ, and replacing it with the kind of thinking that is “pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17).
In short, we have to un-learn and to re-learn. It is how the Father works to make us more like Christ.
And here I recommend to you the series from this year’s “Desiring God” conference. The topic was “Think: The life of the mind and the love of God”. Although I haven’t gone through all the sessions (e.g. I eschewed Rick Warren’s talk) the material is astounding and – more importantly – profoundly convicting. Try to listen to Thabiti Anyabwile speak on Islam without dropping what you’re doing. Listen to Albert Mohler without hitting “Pause” to take notes and/or digest the information. Listen to Francis Chan without weeping over the lost. And all this, in the context of renewing your mind in Christ.
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