A thought life renovation is a lot like a house renovation. Have you ever watched a home renovation or even lived through one? I lived in an old house while I renovated it. One room at a time, I removed and resurfaced old fixtures and features and brought in new materials and elements. I transformed the entire house room by room. The renovation took time and commitment to see its completion but it proved worth it.
Right now I am in the midst of renovating a townhouse for my youngest daughter and her new husband. The townhouse is over 30 years old and in need of some significant updates. Last week we scraped popcorn ceilings and removed old carpet and flooring. Here is my daughter and I hard at work.
This week we sanded walls and cabinets preparing them for fresh coats of paint. Next week we are removing old plumbing and bringing in new sinks, tubs, and faucets. This townhouse renovation is a lot of work but I believe it will be worth every bit of work to see the change for the better.
Our Thought Life Renovation
And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that you may prove what is that good and perfect will of God.
In Matthew 15:18 Jesus said that the things which proceed out of our mouth come from our heart, and that those thoughts defile us. In Romans 2:15-16 Paul said that our thoughts will either ACCUSE or make a DEFENSE for us in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel. Proverbs 23:7 says, For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. In other words, our thoughts reveal the truth about us and since there will be a day when Jesus evaluates our thoughts, our thought life renovation is very important.
No wonder Paul told believers to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. He understood that what is on the inside eventually comes out and when it does, it has the potential to harm us.
We participate in our thought life renovation.
When Paul wrote Romans 12:2 stating that we are to “be transformed,”he used the Greek term metamorphoo which means to transform or change one’s form. This is where we get our English word, metamorphosis. Metamorphosis is the process of transformation from one thing to something completely different. In the New Testament, metamorphoo was used only in the Greek middle voice which shows the subject acting in his own interest or on his own behalf, or participating in the results of the verbal action.
How Are We To Be Transformed?
Romans 12:2 says “by the renewing of our mind”. The original Greek word for “renewing” means renovation or a complete change for the better. We take an active role in our own transformation process. We act in our own interest, on our own behalf and participate in the transformation.
Evaluating For Transformation
We would do well to take the process of a home renovation and turn that process inward to experience the benefits of a mind renovation. Renovations don’t happen over night. A real home renovation takes weeks and sometimes months. In a renovation we would evaluate what is bad and what is good. We determine what it would take to make what is bad and old, good and new. Through a slow steady process, a house is transformed. Our minds are much the same. We begin a mind renovation by evaluating what is bad and what is good.
How We Evaluate and How We Transform
Our thought life renovation will take time and commitment but it will prove worth it. God’s word is the standard by which we measure ourselves so we can only take a correct evaluation by looking into God’s word. Our investment into the study of God’s word will be the most valuable thing you and I will ever do for ourselves!