Spiritual Metabolism

Spiritual Metabolism


“. . . be transformed by the renewing of your mind, . . .” Romans 12:2


Scripture is sustenance. We are to live by it, feed on it. We are not simply to learn, study, or use the scriptures, we are to assimilate it, take it into our lives in such a way that it gets metabolized into a changed life. 

This process of metabolism occurs when an organic element filled with vitamins is ingested. It begins a chemical change within us. This chemical reaction changes the physical nature of our being from one form to another. This is called transformation.

The same is true in spiritual metabolism. Each part of our devotional life is important to the process. Reading takes words and places solid food into our mouths, meditation chews on it breaking it down, prayer retains the flavor of it, and contemplation is the very sweetness which causes transformation. It all takes place in the invisible, but always produces visible change.

The type of change verse 2 is speaking of is a spiritual, metabolic change. When Christ is added to our being, when His life filled with truth permeates our being – our mind, spirit, and soul – we experience a change in our thoughts and nature. 

This transformation is not an outward correction or external adjustment. It is absolutely, undeniably an inward metabolic change, a change in and with life by the Spirit of the Lord. Our minds are enlightened by the word and we are transformed. Our lives gradually become brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become more like Jesus.

In the sweep of the chapters of Romans we see the makeover of the mind. In Romans 7, the mind was vile and acting independently. In Romans 8, the mind is dependent and set on the Spirit. Now in Romans 12, the mind is not just dependent, but renewed. When the Lord Jesus spreads Himself from our spirit to our mind, our thoughts are renewed. By the renewing of our mind, our soul is metabolically changed.

If the Christian life is to be lived, and be lived well, it will require a change in our thinking. Simply stated, if you want to change your life, you have to change your mind.


Are you ingesting God’s word? Are His words challenging, convicting, comforting, and changing you?