During a conversation at work the other day, a coworker of mine said, “That’s just who I am, man.” And, it got me thinking. Usually, we use that phrase as a reason we do certain things. Most of the tim,e we give that reason to defend something that isn’t the best action or thought process. But in reality, we have the power to change any and everything about ourselves, especially as Christians.
Ephesians 4:23 reads, “and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds”.
Romans 12:2 reads, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind….”.
Both verses mention “renewing our minds”, but what makes this interesting is the difference in the meaning of “renew” in each verse. And, we need both parts of this renewing to be all that God has called us to be.
The Ephesians version means “to make young” or to put on the “new man”. It’s what we do every day on our own to renew our minds. Prayer, study, fellowship, and service. All of these things equal reform of ourselves. It’s the act of accepting Christ into our lives every single day, choosing to live for Jesus in each moment that we live.
The Romans version of renew means to be “qualitatively new”, a newness with quality. That is God’s part. As we pray, study, fellowship, and serve, God begins to change us from the inside. We begin to see things differently. We begin to let go of bad habits. We aren’t the person we once were. And, it’s through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are renewed.
We can only REFORM ourselves (Ephesians 4:23). It is through Jesus that we become changed (Romans 12:2).
So the next time you hear someone say, “that’s just who I am”, remember, as Christians we are called to continue to “renew” daily so that God can “renew” us daily. We are never “just who we are”. There’s always something to learn, somewhere in our lives for us to grow, a new level to climb to. Keep putting on the new man. I guarantee you will see changes in you that only God could make happen. I dare you to call Him out on it. I promise He won’t lose that bet. And you won’t be disappointed with the results either!
Be blessed friends!
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