“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.” ~ Romans 12:2
This week has been baffling to me (yes, I know it’s only Tuesday).
Mainly because I thought that I would have a better handle on some things in my life that I just don’t. In fact, in a lot of ways, in spite of all the growing that God has been doing in me, I still face the same battles that I always have.
Contrary to what the Bible teaches, I somehow thought that I would wake up one day and be a fully actualized Christian. Kind of like when the Beast changes into the prince in the Disney movie? There would be flashing lights and everyone would ooh and ahh, and shazam! I wouldn’t have to struggle with the petty things in my life anymore. I would know what was important and being able to completely focus on my walk with God.
And yet the English teacher in me keeps pointing out the key verb in this verse from Romans. Renewing. The “ing” tells me that the mind isn’t renewed in the past tense, but is being renewed in the progressive tense, that is, ongoing. In order to be transformed, I must set my mind on things above every single day, hour and minute. I can’t do it once and expect everything to fall into place. I have to make sure that my pursuit of God is ongoing, because only then will I know and understand His will.
So, I will face my daily life knowing that I have to continue grappling with certain things, but I am not alone in it. I will looking to God and His Word to help me face them and know that someday, I will be victorious.