A Change That Lasts: The Motivational Problem
The Bible tells us that people estranged from God are totally and completely corrupt. It is not a matter of cleaning up this sin or that one. Our whole personality is enslaved. We have involved ourselves in a life of total bondage.
Because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God it does not subject itself to the Law of God, for it is not even able to do so. Romans 8:7 (NASB)
How do you deal with a lifetime of learned selfishness and its myriad manifestations? How can you maintain a relationship against the magnetism of former, inflamed appetites and habits? The key is the mind. A total change of mind is the necessary objective to be achieved in the process of reconciliation. A transformation simply must take place in our thinking. Summing it up, C. S. Lewis stated, “God became man to turn creatures into sons … for mere improvement is no redemption ….” C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Macmillan, p. 182.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2 (NASB)