Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. —Romans 12:2
He gives us hope in all of this! He uses the word “transformed” which gives us an understanding of how this happens. This is another Greek word metamorphoo. You may recognize it — it is from the same word that we get the word “metamorphosis”. It describes a comprehensive change, one so extensive it’s like a caterpillar changing into a butterfly! Doesn’t this give you hope? The fact is our minds are not changed immediately and our thoughts do not change overnight. However, if we apply God’s Word to our lives, with faith in our hearts, it will happen over time. Our thoughts will begin to line up with His thoughts and our mind becomes renewed! It’s only a matter of time. So much of what God does in us is not an immediate work, but a work that happens over time; requiring trust, obedience, reliance and perseverance. It’s a relational work, not just a restorative effort. He wants to partner with us and teach us about Himself in the process.