As believers in Christ, it is important that our minds be renewed with God’s word. You see, during the course of our lives we have all have experienced life growing up in a performance based society. You go to school and you get a report card telling your parents how you performed. Then you go into the workforce. If you perform well you may get a promotion, if you perform poorly, you could be fired. Many have made the mistake of trying to live the Christian life according to the world's standards.
The apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12 verse 2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
In matters of faith, we are encouraged not to do things the way the world does, but rather according to our mind as transformed by God’s Word.
We need to understand that God doesn't pattern His grace after the ways of this world.
In fact, God tells us in Isaiah 55:9,
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
We need to line up our thinking with God's word. If you were on an ocean and you kept your eyes on an unmovable object on the shore, it would keep you on track; you would know right where you were. If you keep your attention focused on something that is continually moving, then you will soon be confused as to your position.
Our feelings are moveable objects. Our opinions and the opinions of others change often, but God's word and His message of grace never change.
If you have accepted Christ, God says that you are the righteousness of God through the finished work of His Son. Next year 2 Corinthians 5 verse 21 will say the same thing it says today
"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
Let's keep our eyes on something that never changes! Let’s take our eyes off our feelings, our behavior and the opinions of others. Embrace the truth of the gospel and conclude that you are, in fact, the righteousness of God.
Paul Rupe has served as associate pastor as well as a number of other positions in his local fellowship. Paul currently is web administrator for Gracespirations Daily Devotion an outreach of Teleo Ministries.
You can visit Paul online at http://teleoministries.blogspot.com
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