Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship. 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. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
Each week hundreds of advertisements keep reminding me how important my mind is. They compete with each other for my minds attention. Advertisers certainly know how important my mind is, and so too does our Lord.
Rather than try and fill my mind with needless stuff that will not bring the fulfilment in life that it promises, God is deeply concerned about what goes into my mind. He knows that it shapes me and my response to him. He knows that what goes into my mind can affect (infect) me for all eternity.
Who is in charge of your mind? What do you allow in to it? That super computer between your ears is a very powerful instrument and it determines your actions by its inward programming. If you program it with sex, violence, pride, prejudice or whatever it will soon be immoral, violent, arrogant or bigoted. Rubbish in rubbish out.
God offers us the opportunity to have our mind reprogrammed. We can, with God’s help, be renewed. It will start by our rebirth and then with our minds under new management we will start to feed it with a healthy diet. This will include ingredients such as regular bible reading and prayer, Christian fellowship and us striving to put into practice what the word of God says.
How are you going at reprogramming your mind? Many of us start the E 100 bible reading challenge over this next week and this is a great way to ensure that our minds are being renewed, little by little every day. Why not join us?