Sitting cross-legged on the bed with my devotional books and bible, I look around the natural morning sunlit bedroom for a moment to take everything in before I meet with God. When starting to read, I decide to REALLY take my time. I don’t only want my mind to grasp whats on the pages but my spirit as well. I’ll be honest and say that I’ve been guilty lately of rushing through His Word along with my devotionals just to say that I got my “Jesus” in for today but in this moment, I really needed a word from Him regarding what I’m going through.
While spending time in my devotionals, a specific scripture came up 3 times in various devotional books. Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” After reading twice, I thought, “Hmm, Coincidence, MAYBE?” but after the third time, I was convinced that God really needed me to get this.
Taking a moment to meditate on the repeated scripture, the Holy Spirit speaks into the depths of my spirit, “Let me make over your mind.” I respond, “Okay LORD…What and how much exactly needs to be made over?” Still sitting in silence, God reveals in the most loving way what needs work and fine tuning in not just in my heart but my mind. I was shocked because it was messier and less attractive than I thought. “Let me give your mind a makeover,” the Holy Spirit says again.
While looking introspectively at my thought-life, I started to cringe. It was at that moment did I realize that I was in a new era in my life. Times and seasons have definitely changed and I was STILL holding on to old and dangerous mindsets, attitudes, and ideas that needed to be tossed out ASAP. What thoughts may have been okay and tolerated in previous seasons didn’t have and will not have any place for what was happening right now. It’s like dressing and being mentally stuck in the 1980s while the 2000s were way underway. My mind needed a MAJOR makeover.
Makeovers are awesome. It shows the very best in something that wasn’t in the greatest shape. However, it often requires a lot of time and work. Sometimes pain even. I realized that if I was going to get the MOST out of this MAJOR mindset makeover, I would need to cooperate with God no matter what needed to be done or how long it took. This meant emptying out my default thoughts of pride, selfishness, excuses, and any other negative attitudes holding me back from more of His transformative work within me.
This transformative work isn’t just for me but for God as He molds, sharpens, and refines my mind. In this makeover, I’m not to look like the rest of the world but more like Him. The more I cooperate and sit still in God’s Presence, the more He can freely and delightfully work as His thoughts and words beautifies my mind. Deep and dark mental blemishes of pride, selfishness, entitlement, and negativity are exfoliated, buffed out, and covered by Jesus redemptive blood while continually adding His warm and colorful Word renewing my thoughts through and through.
In this process, I’m realizing that this is not a “one and done” project. Our minds need a makeover DAILY as we strive to walk in the will and path that Jesus has for us. As fallen creatures, we wrestle with hideous, unattractive, worldly, thoughts from the time we wake up, sleep, and repeat the process. Deliberately devoting ourselves to God’s Word, prayer, worship, and fixing our eyes and minds Him is the only way we can see any type of process in the renewal whether big or small. I want His beautiful and transformative work and this means presenting myself willingly as a living sacrifice so He can work in and through me (Romans 12:1). So in response to the mindset makeover, I say, “LORD, have Your way and let’s get to work.”