If I am going to be transformed, I have to transform certain parts of me. If I am going to fail or be defeated in my walk with God it will be because I have failed to attend to the parts of me that need attended to.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. – Romans 12:1 ESV
Here is a call for me to be doing something with my body. As a disciple, I am called to live a fully surrendered and transformed life to Christ.
If I remember the mercies of God, I can approach Him with a genuine thirst to follow Him. For it is when I look into the mirror, I find that the Lord of my life is usually myself.
Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2 ESV
If I do not want to be conformed to the world, one of the main things I have to do is transform my mind. When my mind is transformed, it will transform the rest of me.
It is one of the most significant parts of spiritual growth – the renewal of the mind. It is the place where the Holy Spirit changes my thoughts and perspectives. The transformation allows me to discern the will of God and stop conforming to this world.
Whenever I ask God to search my heart and know my deepest thoughts so that I can submit my sins to Him, I find myself face to face with deception. I see myself living a self-serving life. Most of my life has to do with putting myself and my desires first. Unfortunately, a “personal relationship with Jesus” might even go so far as to redefine Jesus into my own image.
Hence, the process of mind-renewal can take a lifetime. As a disciple, I will be growing throughout my life, beginning each day learning to think with the mind of Christ. There comes the place where I can more clearly discern the will of God.