How can a prominent preacher or pastor who thousands follow and millions abroad have come to know end up behaving in immoral ways that most everyday church members would not? This is a question I am sometimes asked. The question has been occasioned by the recent conduct of some prominent Christian leaders. Some of those who raise such question are in effect questioning whether or not such spiritual leaders have a genuine relationship with the Lord. I believe that these occurrences highlight the importance of the need to renew our mind.
The Bible tells us to, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Paul the apostle was inspired to write these words to the church at Rome. In other words, these words were not directed at the world but to the believers in Christ.
Why is this a significant point? Because though the persons whom Paul was writing to were already Christians, he tells them they need to become transformed by renewing their mind. This point lays the foundation for what I want to address in this post.
The main point is that although we are born again and transformed into a new creation the moment we accept Christ as our Savior, the renewing of our mind is not instantaneous. And just because we have become born again does not mean we don’t have screwed up thinking that needs to be dealt with.
God does not want us to think as the world does. He wants us to have a God-focused view about life. For instance, I sense that many Christians are troubled by the events currently happening in our world: The economy is bad, natural disasters are abounding and more destructive, crimes are becoming more unthinkable, our government is practically dysfunctional, etc.
But as God’s people, our faith should be in Him and not in the systems of this world. His ability to provide for His people is not subject to the state of the economy or anything else. He has given us the Word of God to transform our way of thinking so that we might have this kind of faith-filled perspective.
So what happens if we choose to not make the renewing of our mind a priority? I submit to you that such a decision would have negative impact on our fellowship with God. Think about it. Before we came to Christ, we were living off the junk food of this world: music with objectionable lyrics, pornography, dysfunctional family settings, promiscuity, physical or emotional abuse, etc. If we want to be attuned to God and to be able to sense the leadership of His Spirit in our life, we must get this junk out of our mind and renew our thinking to become one with Him. Again, our main tool for accomplishing this change of mind is the Word of God.
This call to be transformed by the renewing of our mind is not an option but a commandment: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians. 2:5). In effect, this verse is a commandment to allow the mind of Christ to govern our lives. If our having the mind of Christ was incidental to our accepting Christ, the commandment for us to “let this mind be in you” would be a vain point, but this is not the case. If we want to have the mindset of Christ, we must make personal investment into the process.
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