Romans 12:1-2. I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, 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.
1 Corinthians 2:16. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
Philippians 2:3-8. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Romans 12:2 calls us to the renewing of the mind. Or we could say that we are called to the mind of Christ. To think, reason, interpret, discern, and imagine like him. But how? How can we think like Christ?
We think about whatever fills our heart or affections. Whatever affections fill our hearts will become the truths that fill our minds. Meditating on those loves and those truths will renew or change our minds.
So what did Jesus fill his heart and mind with? What renewed his mind?
The mind of Calvin v the mind of Christ.
First and foremost, Jesus let the love of the Father rule his heart. He knew he was loved. He heard the Father say it, and he believed it. He let this glorious truth rule his thinking in every situation that he was in, even through the cross.
Because Jesus knew he was loved he was then able to trust the Father. His mind was filled with faith. Jesus was completely faithful to God and his mission because his thoughts were renewed by his loves.
Jesus knew God loved him and therefore he trusted God. To what end? The cross. Jesus’ mind was renewed unto sacrifice. Just as our mind renewal comes from the mercies of God (love) and ends in being a living sacrifice.
When we know that God loves us, we know that we have nothing to lose. We are free to live a sacrificial life, loving others to the point of the cross. Is your mind being renewed by love, through faith, and toward sacrifice?
If you have time read ahead in Romans 12. Where are we headed? Toward faith (v3), love (v9), and sacrifice (v21). Won’t you stay with us on the journey?