Wednesday, April 9, 2014
By Zach Wood
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
This passage came up today on the Bible app on my phone as the passage for the day. It reminded me of the sermon on Sunday as we looked at how our attitudes can determine the day we have. I find it easy sometimes to let my attitude become worldly and focus on things that are not pleasing to God. It’s not my intention at all to be this way, but with the craziness of life and how Satan likes to get his foot “in the door”, it becomes easy to be negative.
It’s often easy for us to become like the world and how the world thinks. The Apostle Paul gives us a very important reminder that our attitudes and mind cannot follow the pattern of this world. If we are to be a witness to people around us and be encouraging, we must go against the flow and be different. It’s hard to do that, but exactly what Christ calls us to do.
It’s important for us to be very intentional every single day to start with a Christ-like attitude and continue that through the day. It’s challenging and often difficult, but Christ gives us the strength to carry through. Before our attitudes can change, we must let God transform us. Our minds and hearts need to be transformed before our attitude changes.
It is my prayer that we all desire for a renewal of our minds to the likeness of Christ and not of this world. It’s a daily renewal process for us to experience. We absolutely must be intentional every day to live our lives for Christ. If we are not intentional about it, the enemy will try to take over.
Let us not conform to this world, but be transformed by God.