A Different Way of Thinking

Romans 12:1-2 (NLT) And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

I have a bad habit of declaring “this is one of my favorte scriptures,” but this really is one of my favorite scriptures. One I hope to live out daily. It is so important to recognize what Jesus has done for me, the incredible sacrifice He made in literally laying down His life for the salvation of the entire world. What should I offer Him in return? Church attendance and 10% of my pay check? That doens’t quite feel enough. He is derserving of nothing less than my entire life. Yes, I will give my life to Him. My actions, my words, my thoughts. May everything that I am be useful for glorifying the King of Kings, the Creator, the Savior.

Everything I just wrote is the natural byproduct of dwelling upon Jesus and His work on the cross, but we as humans have this habit of filling our time and minds with MANY other things. There’s so much to consume our attention today, everything from entertainment, news cycles, political rants, not to mention the everyday important life things like our families, jobs, and self care. As a result we end up imitating the world’s way of thinking and living instead of giving everything to Jesus.

None of the above is bad in and of itself, but if we don’t prioritize our relationship with Jesus and our daily pursuit of His purposes then they become secondary and eventually forgotten. We must consistently immerse ourselves in God’s Word. Let His ways become our ways and follow His path for our lives.

It really comes down to our thinking. Our lives always follow our thinking so we must ask the question, “Where do I invest my thinking?” What is it that consumes your thoughts? Is it the craziness in our world? Is it something in your personal life? Are you trying to not think and focusing on entertainment instead?

It’s easy with so much going on in our world to find ourselves thinking more about political preferences than our Kingdom purpose. I’m not throwing stones here, I’m as guilty as anyone. I’ve struggled a lot over the last few months with cynicism, offense and a general frustration over things I feel powerless to do anything about. Ultimately I have to come before God and let go of my worldly thinking and embrace Kingdom thinking.

This is why I believe that repentance and confession should be a regular part of our lives. We naturally shift back into worldly thinking so it only makes sense that a part of our daily devotions should be to surrender our thinking and refresh as we turn our thoughts back to God. As we continue to let God transform our thinking we can think less about “what is God’s will for my life.” God will naturally lead us toward the path He has created for us, if we will just purpose in our hearts and mind to follow Him, one step at a time.

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