Certainly our mind
controls our actions, for all that we do or say must first come from our
mind. But the word "mind" can refer to more than just thought process.
The apostle Paul uses the word "mind" on many occasions to refer to the
attitude and disposition that an individual has towards life, and uses
the word to indicate purpose, inclination and intent. He speaks of those
at variance with God as having "reprobate minds" (Rom.
1:15), and says
that such individuals "walk in the vanity of their mind"
For one to be converted
to the Lord there must first be a radical change in mind or attitude
toward God and His will. This change of mind will manifest itself in a
change of behavior. But conversion is more than external reforms. It is
a transformation of character, a change of heart or mind from which flow
the issues of life. The wise man says: "Keep thy heart with all
diligence; for out of it are the issues of life"
4:23). As people
of God we are concerned exclusively with serving and pleasing Him so
that we might be able to "dwell in the house of the Lord forever."
We therefore reflect the
Divine viewpoint in life. We set our "minds on the things that are
above, not on the things that are upon the earth"
spiritually minded rather than carnally minded we have the mind of
Christ who emptied self, took the form of a servant and "humbled
himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross"
But such transformation
is not a one time occurrence. It is, rather, a continuing process that
must be constantly renewed. And so Paul writes, "And be not fashioned
according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will
renewing process is essential to the new man, the man of God who is
striving to become more like his Lord. And so we "have put on the new
man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that
3:10). May God
help us to continue this renewing of our mind so that we may be truly
transformed into His image.
A Letter From a Disenchanted Young
That Piece of Clay