Mind Renewers is a blog intended to aid those who have set out to follow the steps of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
The title, “Mind Renewers”, comes from Romans 12:2, which says we are to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Similarly, Ephesians 4:23 tells us to be “renewed in the spirit of your mind.” Believers in Jesus Christ need to hit the “reset” button on our minds.
The Purpose — To Change Us
These two verses tell us something which is obvious to every believer in Christ — we need some changes. We aren’t what we should be, and while God loves us, He isn’t always satisfied with our thoughts, attitudes, and actions.
Sometimes Christians will say, “You can come to God just the way you are.” To give the whole picture, we should say that God loves you just the way you are, but He doesn’t love the way you just are. He loves us too much to want to leave us unchanged, because we have some problems with the way we are. If you really want to remain exactly the way you are, you haven’t really understood what salvation is all about.
Jesus came to “save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:22). That is change. He “has begun a good work” in us (Philippians 1:6). That also is change.
While this blog may include some “interesting stuff”, the primary purpose is not mere intellectual stimulation. The purpose is transformation — to be a tool in the hands of the Lord to help bring our minds (thoughts, attitudes, affections) more into line with God’s truth, and that as a result we will be changed as God would have us change.
How are We Changed?
Let’s go back to Philippians 1:6:
Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
It is God’s work to change us. That work is called sanctification — making us holy, like He is holy. He uses truth. Jesus said in His prayer to the Father, “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy Word is truth” (John 17:17). The key to sanctification, to being changed the way God wants us to change, is the Word of God.
As I said above, the purpose is transformation. The only transformation that matters for Christians comes by the Word of God. This blog, then, is about the Bible, about understanding and applying it to our lives, our decisions, our thoughts and attitudes, and our response to the world around us.
Welcome to Mind Renewers. May we, by God’s grace, learn truth from His Word and be transformed.