Living out the Christian life is not always easy. Of course, we were never promised an easy road when accepting Christ.
Being a Christ-follower requires discipline. However, it takes time to develop that discipline.
One of the things that happens as we become more disciplined is having a transformed mind. As our minds become transformed to the point where our thoughts align with God’s will, we begin to see our discipline grow and strengthen.
But how do we get a transformed mind?
In Romans 12:1-2, we read:
Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
A few years ago, my pastor shared how these verses show us how to have a transformed mind.
Transformation is possible. Verse one shows us that God is interested in changing us from the inside out. Paul would not have urged the Romans to present their bodies as a living sacrifice to God if it was not possible.
Transformation is personal. Verse one also shows that transformation is for everyone. Not just a select few.
Transformation is progressive. The renewing of our minds starts with not letting the world tell us what to think. We follow a process of the discipline of allowing God to grow us.
Transformation is practical. Verse two shows us that the result of a transformed mind is knowing God’s will. Isn’t that what we all want? Knowing God’s will helps us to live out God’s will.
This month’s Scripture Writing Plan focuses on verses that help us see what a transformed mind looks like and shows us how to transform our minds so we can align our lives with God’s will.
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