Building from the previous teachings last month regarding being a Force of Love and prayer and fasting to petition the Lord to move mountains, I want to continue seeking God and loving deliberately. I want to be very intentional and practical in my methods. And very focused.
While one might fear that I risk becoming rigid and legalistic, instead, the opposite has happened. My load has lightened and I have become easy. Well, easier, at least. This is because I have been freed.
I no longer strive for menial things, as I understand that what I do as a vocation on this earth has little to do with where I rank in the next life. Instead, I must seek first the Kingdom of God, and everything else, every thing great or small, will be added. Great riches are not a sign of God’s pleasure with me.
Before I move forward in this blog, keep this in mind, if you forget everything else: It is not what we do for God that he counts worthy in us; it is what we allow Him to do in us. This thinking is pivotal. It is pivotal, because it takes the attention off my good works and puts the focus on my inside.
In Christianity, faith is worked out and visible on the inside first, then, it becomes apparent in the flesh.
Last week in my small group I taught on being transformed. I thought it would be a wise idea to pass the teaching onto you. The central verse was Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Good references to help understand this idea can be found in 2 Corinthians 10:4-6; Philippians 2:1-5 and Colossians 3:1-2. I won’t go into detail on these verses in this space, but if you want further study and good support on this teaching, these verses will give it. They are powerful passages, too.
In order to move forward practically in having a renewed mind, we must know how to do it. We need to grasp what the will of God is that Paul is talking about in Romans 12:2. Who is he talking to?
Paul is addressing believers in the Roman Empire who were part of The Way, the early church. Not the building, the body. The two questions that are begging an answer here is why must we renew our minds and how?
In the Old Testament, what was the will of God for Israel?
If you haven’t guessed it already, the answer is extensive. Chiefly, if you grab a copy of the Mosaic Law, you will find it! Jews were to be set apart from every other nation in the world. The laws God gave them and their own rabbinical laws were many.
The easiest way for us to comprehend this is to look at the Ten Commandments. These commandments are anchored on our love for God and for our brethren. Besides these commandments, God taught men how to behave through Mosaic Law. Included in this law are cleansing rituals on making atonement for the sin of the individual and the sin of the nation.
Today, in the New Testament, Mosaic Law has been fulfilled. And this took a miracle. Enter the life of Jesus. Through agreement with God that Jesus is His Son, His only begotten son, in fact, we are at the start of God’s will. From there, we move on to love God and our brother, not unlike the Ten Commandments.
In order to do this successfully, we need a renewed mind. We need a mind set apart from the world and the deceitfulness of riches. This isn’t easy! We need God’s help. He knew that and He didn’t abandon us in this!
Not by far! He gave us the Holy Spirit, who guards and guides. He is the one who transforms us!
Watch this space for Part 2…
Written by Jori Sams
Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun…