A Renewed Mind

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14 ESV)

Discipleship is not a short-term mission; it is a lifetime pursuit. The call of God for every disciple is to be conformed to the image of Christ. It is what theologians call sanctification -- the process that begins at conversion by which we are transformed to be more like Jesus and will one day be complete when we stand in His presence. Until then, there is still more room for growth.

In Romans 12 the Apostle Paul says that this transformation is the result of a renewed mind:

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)

The primary way our mind – our thinking – is renewed is through time spent in the Word. It is in the Word that we learn about the Living Word; about the Father’s purpose and plan of redemption; about Jesus’ atoning work on the cross; about His resurrection; about His care for His children; about the precepts that should guide our lives.

One of the best resolutions we can make for the new year: spend regular time in the Word. Time in the Word will lead to right thinking -- to a right understanding of our circumstances -- to a life transformed --to disciples that look more like Jesus.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16 ESV)

By Jesse Smith

Jesse and his wife, Melanie, reside in Lexington, along with their son, Zak.

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