Internal Transformation

“Those who adorn only the exterior, but neglect the inner man, are like the Egyptian temples, which present every kind of decoration upon the outside, but contain within, in place of a deity, a cat, a crocodile, or some other vile animal.” Clement of Alexandria said this as he pondered the emphasis of so many on their external embellishment to the neglect and stifling of their soul.

2 Corinthians 4:16 says, “Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.” No matter what age you are in this life, there is a fountain of youth for your soul. This fountain is the inner renewal of the mind. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Jason Janz quotes another author in his excellent book on building a vibrant relationship with God, “Renew means “the adjustment of the moral and spiritual vision and thinking to the mind of God, which is designed to have a transforming effect upon the life.”” Jim Berg, in his book Changed into His Image agrees, “Having a renewed mind is not just memorizing a few Bible verses about a problem you are having, although that may be a start. It is not just becoming familiar with Christian principles and convictions about godly lifestyles. Having a renewed mind involves a relationship with your Creator that actually changes you because of your exposure to Deity.”

Renewing changes you from the inside out. Janz writes, “God’s purpose for His children is not external imitation, but internal transformation.” This is where you will grow into the stature and measure of Christ. It’s all about the relationship. Rules without relationship equals rebellion. The other stuff is just there to preserve the relationship! So allow the Spirit to renew your mind by the youthful fountain of meditation on the word. More on this meditation as the tool of renewal later.

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