That you … be renewed in the spirit of your mind. — Ephesians 4: 23
Let us always make the Lord the focus of our lives.
It is wise from time to time to reflect on the vow we made to God on the day of our Confirmation: “I renounce Satan and all his work and ways, and surrender myself to You, O triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in belief, obedience, and the earnest resolution to remain faithful to You until my end. Amen.”
It consists of two specific and opposite actions: renouncing Satan and surrendering to the Lord. Hence we understand that one action alone is not sufficient; we have to make a decision. We cannot be neutral toward God, just as little as we can be neutral where Satan is concerned.
Paul picks up on this concept— the necessity of making decisions—in our Bible text and exhorts us to “be renewed”.
This is referred to in another Bible verse: “Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12: 2). Hence a complete transformation is necessary, similar to the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.
- Let us make a firm decision for the triune God
- A complete transformation of our old nature is necessary, similar to the metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly.
- A renewal of the spirit of our mind is possible through a deep prayer life, genuine friendship and fellowship with our brothers and sisters, and the elimination of habits and dependencies.