“To be any use to the Kingdom, our minds must be transformed.” -Bill Johnson
If you haven’t checked out the 100-Day Identity Makeover posts of late, I encourage you to do so! This work takes us into an understanding of who we are as a result of becoming God’s child and possessing a new identity in Jesus Christ! There are more than 100 descriptions found throughout the Bible, but this 100-day focus should build a solid foundation in the renewing of our minds. The goal? Discover who we are in Christ and walk it out!
Romans 12:2 speaks to the need for a renewed mind. It is only through the renewed mind that we will live a transformed life- a total reflection of the goodness of God. Let’s not leave the world guessing, friends! Our God is good, and He should be on display through our lives as such!
So what does it take to have a renewed mind leading to a transformed life? It takes a steady diet of truth found in the eternal Word of God. Only through a resolute trust in the truth of God’s Word can we live with a heavenly perspective toward this earth. In such a state, we destroy the works of the devil (See 1 John 3:8). Keep in mind, Jesus conquered Satan when He gave His life as a ransom for sin and resurrected from the grave. But, you’ve heard of trespassing, right? The devil is an expert trespasser, and he sneaks in unnoticed looking to steal, kill and destroy.
Let’s make no excuses! As the Jewish calendar New Year begins next week on Yom Kippur, let’s make a resolution to be engaged in God’s eternal Word. No more ignoring the truth. No more distractions. We’re keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus- hearing every word that came from His mouth and walking in obedience to it!
One of my all-time heroes of the faith, George Muller, had a voracious appetite for the Word of God! He would read the Bible through several times each year! His faith and the miracles that followed him proved it! Reading the Bible is not all he did- in the decades of building orphanages, over ten thousand children filtered through his life. Beyond that season, he traveled the world and preached the gospel in 42 countries- at a time before air travel! 1
I’m not aware of your career/ministry responsibilities, the number of children under your care, or your speaking schedule, but if George Muller could handle his demands plus remain fully immersed in the Bible, I believe you and I can too.
“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” (Romans 12:2).
1 Benge, Janet and Geoff. George Muller: The Guardian of Bristol’s Orphans. YWAM Publishing. 1999.