“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not CONFORMED to this world: but be ye TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).
For the first eleven chapters in the Book of Romans, the apostle Paul deals with the great doctrines of our faith such as justification, sanctification, glorification. He deals with God’s love and goodness towards His people. In chapters 12-16, Paul deals with our great duties as the people of God. And, it all starts with the familiar Romans 12:1-2.
Basically, in this passage, Paul is saying, because God has been so good to us, it is reasonable for us to lay down our lives as a living sacrifice, surrender our all to Him, and serve Him for the rest of our days!!!
Yet, Paul makes it clear in these verses, if this is going to happen, we must understand that EVERYONE CHANGES, and whether we are being CHANGED BY THE WORLD or we are being CHANGED BY THE WORD is determined by who or what is influencing us!
In other words, have to win the battle for the mind. As Christians, we must understand that the battle is (and always has been) for the mind. Whoever or whatever has the GREATEST INFLUENCE over the way we think—concerning every issue of life—will, in due time, also have the GREATEST IMPACT on how we live in every area of our lives.
Therefore, we are either CONFORMING TO A GODLESS WORLD (in our thoughts, attitudes, words, and deeds) or we are being TRANSFORMED BY GOD’S WORD (in our thought, attitudes, words, and deeds). Regardless of how we might try to justify it, there’s not a whole lot of “wiggle room” there!
Therefore, we are going to have to be very decisive, diligent, and determined about who and what we are going to allow to influence our way of thinking. Of course, above all else, we must be men and women of the Book. We must read it, study it, memorize and meditate upon it, and not simply be hearers of the word, but doers of the word.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5, For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
At the same time, we must guard our hearts against other influences, outside of the Bible, that would conform us to a way of thinking that would not cause of to love God, love others, and live humble and Christlike lives in a dark and dying world!
Proverbs 4:23, Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Just Reflecting on Thinking Straight!