“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Last month we talked about sacrifice, and this verse comes right after the one about being a “living sacrifice” to God. I think that’s interesting. When we present ourselves sacrificially to God, our minds are renewed and transformed. We are able to better discern God’s will for our lives, instead of giving in to what the world tells us is right.
How does our mind become renewed? Although we are reborn in our baptism, and justified with God through the sacrifice of Christ, our sanctification is a process in which we participate. Renewal of our mind is part of our sanctification. We learn to see things through the mind of Christ, we learn to do the things the Bible tells us are right, we have a different viewpoint than we had before. There are many tools that may help us to “renew” our minds. This past weekend some of my fellow bloggers were on a Lutheran Via de Cristo retreat weekend. I am hoping this week they will blog about how their weekend was a renewal and a transformation.
A Via de Cristo weekend is three days of concentration on the fundamentals of Christianity, concentrating on the teachings of Jesus Christ and how individual believers can influence the environment of their homes, communities and churches. It is not just academic, there is much fellowship and singing; there are times of worship. Often participants come back feeling they have changed.
So, I am asking those who have attended a Via de Cristo weekend to send us your comments on how this experience renewed and transformed you. (There are similar retreats in other denominations: Cursillo, The Walk to Emmaus, Tres Dios )