In the beginning of my spiritual journey, I committed myself to reading the bible. I started with the book of Matthew. If I was going to be a follower of Jesus, I figured I should know about His life first. Within the four gospel books (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) is the entire life of Jesus, from birth to transfiguration. What happened next, I didn't expect. I became consumed with who Jesus was the more I read about Him. Jesus is real and His love is undeniable and personal. This realization has to be about the most exhilarating feeling I've ever had. After six years of this lifestyle, I have come to realize what the "passion of the Christ" really means. Yes, Jesus passionately loves us. Unconditionally and unwaveringly. But the moment we begin to love Him back, is the moment things begin to shift in powerful ways. After all, true love will never be fully energized until it is reciprocated.
renewing of the mind
Through this sacred text, there's a slow inner transformation that begins to take place. It's noticeable and other people will start to recognize it in you. Whether it be a sense of peace, joy, kindness, strength, or just a departure from who you once were.
"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind"- Romans 12:2
What's interesting about this scripture is that it speaks of neuroplasticity. God is indirectly saying that we have been given the innate ability to renew our minds. So much so that He is making it an imperative goal. The simplest way to go about this is to become aware of our own thoughts and beliefs, submit them to God, and surrender to the leading of the Holy Spirit as He exposes every lie and replaces them with truth. It's certainly not a passive process but essential to walk in the maturity that we are called to.