All of us are influenced by a variety of factors that have touched our lives – people, events, history, family, education, personality, experiences, and a number of other issues. They all enter into how and why we process life the way we do. Our minds are shaped mostly by outside influences.
You might think that you have not been affected in any significant way by things outside of yourself, but you have. We all have. The best most people can do is to recognize the primary influences on their life and try to minimize the negative ones and maximize the positive ones.
But for the Christian it should be different. We should see our minds being reshaped day-by-day in significant ways.
That’s because our minds are to be shaped by the Spirit of God.
The Apostle referred to this when he wrote, do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind (Romans 12:2). The old English scholar J. B. Phillips translated this as, don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God re-mold your minds from within.
The fact that he referred to the renewal of your mind indicates that we have a basic need for our minds to be different and that it will take someone beyond you to make this happen. Our minds need to be reshaped from what they are naturally to what God wants them to be.
This is part of the sanctification process – being changed into the image of Christ.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord (2 Corinthians 3:18.)
We often think about salvation in terms of a certain belief that we call faith and the eternal result of that belief. But the Christian life is more than that. And it has everything to do with our minds. With how you think. With how you process life.
What God wants is for us to think more and more like Christ. That’s because the more we think like Christ the more we will reflect Christ accurately. As we are shaped into His image the world no longer sees us, it sees Him. And that’s the goal of our existence.
Don’t let your mind be shaped by other influences, no matter how good they might be. Let it be shaped by the Spirit of God as He uses the Word of God in your life.
Stay in the Word,