Renovating Our Thinking
Pastor Randal Alquist
Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.

My man Paul challenges us at the beginning of Romans 12 to “not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of our minds.” The Greek word for the word renewing is anakainōsis, and it means renovation. So, according to this verse, our transformation occurs when our mind undergoes a renovation.

We know that a renovation happens when someone wants to change the appearance of their home or business. Usually, it’s because something is broken, leaky, or needs to be updated. A mind renovation is similar.

What kind of renovation does your mind need?

Maybe you’re still focused on the broken and damaged thoughts you’ve been thinking for years. It could be that you’ve been playing an old recording in your mind that someone said to you during your childhood. Do you find yourself constantly complaining? Is it easier for you to fixate on the things that could go wrong in your life? Are you jealous and envious of others and how their lives seem better than yours? Do you feel overwhelmed and defeated by how you view yourself?

Whether we usually have a positive outlook on life or we struggle every day with what our minds obsess over, we could all use some guidance when it comes to our thoughts. We often refer to unwanted thoughts as negative or bad, but what they really are is toxic. While many of our thoughts may not have much value, plenty do. Some are incredible thoughts that impact others for the better, while many of our thoughts are bent toward the negative. So, it’s true that we can’t change every thought that needs changing, but we can think about our thoughts and attempt to change the ones that are toxic.

Reflect: Think about your most common thoughts. How do they make you feel? In what area of your thought life do you need a renovation?

PRAYER: Father, thank you for loving me even though I sometimes can be so far from you. I submit my thoughts to you, Father, help me to constantly keep you in focus. I turn my affection towards you, knowing that you are God and bigger than my fears and negativity. Strengthen me and lead me to your still waters. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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