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.
You are welcome to the month of renewal.
Taking stock, you’ll agree with me that a lot has happened since the year began. We have the mercies of God to thank for our being where we are now. At the same time, we are hopeful that the remaining part of the year holds more for us in terms of God’s goodness and blessings on all sides. However, we will be unable to grasp what God has in stock if we continue with the same attitude that made some blessings elude us…
Apostle Paul, in the subject text, mentions the renewing of our minds. Suggesting that our minds may have strayed into so many things that they should not have. And we are, in the words of Paul, conforming…….to the world. This is a dangerous route to take because that way only leads to us missing out on the will of God for us and to remind us: The will of God for us is Good, Acceptable and perfect. What more do we want? I would not want to miss out on the will of God for my life!
To be in line for Blessings, as the year continues, we need to pay attention to the next verse of the text:
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
This warning also tells us that the need for the renewal of our minds arises as a result of what goes on in our minds…our thoughts. We sometimes allow our minds to be overwhelmed with matters that are not of God. Perhaps allowing our minds to be fed by ‘The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life’ making us to be puffed up; thinking of ourselves more than we ought to. Towing this path may result to our missing out on what God has in stock for us.
Thus, in our bid to renew our minds, we must consciously train our thoughts to be: truthful, honest, pure, lovely, virtuous. Only then can we earn a good report and be praiseworthy. Only then can we be said to be acting in line with God’s will for us.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
God bless you.