If you’re seriously interested in knowing why it is important for a Christians thought life to be transformed, you need to think beyond the basics. This informative article takes a closer look at how the things we think about affect the choices that we make.
You have heard the phrase “you are what you eat”; it would be more accurate to say that you are what you think about. The thoughts that we dwell on are what dictate the choices we make. There is not enough emphasis placed on the thought life, and mindset in our society today. The reason the crime rate is increasing every year is because of the materialistic thoughts that are put into the mind. Our minds have great power, and control over us, and we ignore this fact at our own peril.
The Bible warns us in many places of the dangers, and importance of what we fill our minds with. For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he: (Proverbs 23:7). The common misconception is that we can put all kinds of thoughts into our heads without any consequences. However this is just simply not true. The things that we think about, and dwell on will envelop us.
Your mind will fight against you if you don’t keep it in check. The Bible says that we actually have a war going on inside of our head. (Romans 7:23) If we are not careful our minds will lead us down a path that we really do not want to go down. It is therefore necessary to check our thoughts, and desires with what we know to be right.
The easiest way for us to loose control of our minds is by being too passive. If we are not diligently striving to keep our thoughts clean, then we will loose the battle. By nature our minds will lead us into sin, not holiness. The Bible warns us that our nature will fight against our spirit, so that we will find ourselves thinking about, and doing the things that we know that we shouldn’t, and the things that we know that we should do are harder to do (Galatians 5:17). This is because our “nature is sinful”.
Since our nature is sinful we need to change it. This is where the problem arises; the nature cannot be changed at will. The only way for our nature to be changed is to accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. Once you have Jesus as your Lord and Savior then the Bible tells us that we will be changed (2 Corinthians 5:17). Then and only then can we begin the process of having our minds renewed (Ephesians 4:23); the mind cannot be renewed until you are reconciled with God (Colossians 1:21). By nature we are conformed to the world. We love the things that the world loves; this is why we have such a problem with covetousness, and the preoccupation with money not to mention problems with anger, wrath, malice, filthy language, and lying (Colossians 3:5-10).
To be conformed to Jesus you must lay aside all your supposed rights, and humble yourself unto God. In order for him to be your Lord you must submit yourself to his will, while laying aside your own will. The Bible says that this is our reasonable service (Romans 12:1-2). It is just reasonable that we would do that for him. After all look at what he has done for you, he came in order to save you from your sins, and to reconcile you to God. He has given you eternal life as a free gift. If you will just receive it; therefore it is just reasonable that you should humble yourself unto him, and allow him to control your thoughts, and be your Lord.
Unfortunately this process is not automatic once you get saved. You have to make a conscious decision to guard your thoughts every day. If you don’t then you will loose the battle, and that could hurt your testimony to others. As if that wouldn’t be bad enough; don’t forget that when Jesus comes back (and he is coming back soon) the Bible says that he will judge us for every idle word that comes out of our mouth (Matthew 12:36), and he will also be judging us by our secrets (Romans 2:16). That should be enough motivation for even the weakest of Christians to guard their thoughts.
Now that wasn’t hard at all, was it? And you’ve earned a wealth of knowledge, just from taking some time to study about the transformation of your mind.