It’s All in Your Head*

“We live at the mercy of our ideas.”

– Dallas Willard

Our lives are impacted tremendously by what we think, know, and believe. As God’s image-bearers, we have freedom and power to select the ideas that fill our minds. For example, we can fill our minds with deadly poison (self-obsession, resentment, despair). Or with numbing pointlessness (media-binging). Or, with glorious provision (the Gospel). Jesus proclaims a Gospel that tells us to change our minds about a lot of stuff because God’s Kingdom is among us now. In Christ, we’re redeemed, forgiven, and made new. And we’re called to a lifelong journey of becoming like Christ in personality and purpose.

When it comes to transformation, there’s no way without the indwelling Holy Spirit. But we have an ongoing responsibility. The apostle Paul said it like this:

Romans 12:2 (ESV)

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Translated another way:

Romans 12:2 (MSG)

“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.”

Our job is to enthrall our minds with Jesus. Our minds are the soil where many seeds are scattered. Bad seeds are ideas and perceptions that are false, arrogant, accusatory, immoral, or ruthless. We tend our minds by raking-away the bad seeds and letting the good ones implant. Good seeds are ideas that line up with the true knowledge of God – who He is, what He promises and how He works. These sprout into fresh faith. So we fix our attention on Jesus and become captivated with Him. The yield is fragrant love for God and fruitful service to our neighbor. Here you have a picture of spiritual transformation.

Our purpose at King of Kings is all about transformed lives. Connection (and captivation) with God is essential. Let’s apply this in our weekly public worship and daily private meditation.

I’m wondering what your ideas about transformation are. Would you share an experience of renewing your mind to be changed from the inside out?

*Not a reference to imagined illnesses, sinus congestion, or bad bosses.

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Mildred Gerner