How does change happen?

 

If I am going to be transformed, I have to transform certain parts of me. If I am going to fail or be defeated in my walk with God it will be because I have failed to attend to the parts of me that need attended to.

I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. – Romans 12:1  ESV

Here is a call for me to be doing something with my body. As a disciple, I am called to live a fully surrendered and transformed life to Christ.

If I remember the mercies of God, I can approach Him with a genuine thirst to follow Him. For it is when I look into the mirror, I find that the Lord of my life is usually myself.

Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2  ESV

If I do not want to be conformed to the world, one of the main things I have to do is transform my mind. When my mind is transformed, it will transform the rest of me.

It is one of the most significant parts of spiritual growth – the renewal of the mind. It is the place where the Holy Spirit changes my thoughts and perspectives. The transformation allows me to discern the will of God and stop conforming to this world.

Whenever I ask God to search my heart and know my deepest thoughts so that I can submit my sins to Him, I find myself face to face with deception. I see myself living a self-serving life. Most of my life has to do with putting myself and my desires first. Unfortunately, a “personal relationship with Jesus” might even go so far as to redefine Jesus into my own image.

Hence, the process of mind-renewal can take a lifetime. As a disciple, I will be growing throughout my life, beginning each day learning to think with the mind of Christ. There comes the place where I can more clearly discern the will of God.

 

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Loving is not complicated

 

Loving God, Loving Each Other

 

Jesus did not ask a lot from me. His vision for me is not all that complicated. What He did ask of me is life-changing when I put them into practice.

Basically I am called to Love God, My Neighbour, and Others.

 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 22:37-40  ESV

I want to see God’s love become a reality in my life. I want to see that God loves me completely and unconditionally. I want to fall in love with God. I want God to love others through me.

 

 

 

 

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