Day 8 ~ EXtra Effort
“Offer yourselves as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is.” (Romans 12:1)
“Love the Lord your God … with all of your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
What motto is on your T-shirt? What values do you conform to? Where do you re-shape yourself in order to “fit in.” What do you give yourself to as a kind of living sacrifice? Anything advertising to make us the greatest, the most successful, the most famous, can capture us and conform us to its own set of values.
A magazine ran a series of articles asking people “How has your mind changed?” Some people answered by telling how a relationship changed their racial prejudices, or by sharing how some tragedy or suffering made them more aware of and compassionate toward others.
What can change your mind? That is an interesting question. Changing one’s mind is a difficult and rare thing – especially if the transformation means changing our directions, our opinions, our goals, and our plans. Yet such change is exactly what Paul calls every Christian to. . He calls us to be completely transformed by the renewing of our mind. And he calls us to give ourselves as a living and holy sacrifice.
Would anyone notice that your life is molded by the mind of Christ? Could anyone see your transformation? How has your life in faith changed your mind? How have your priorities changed? How has your life changed? Are you still conformed to this world, or are you being transformed? Could anyone notice the difference in you as you offer yourself more fully to God?
Prayer: Lord, lead me to see things differently, to think differently, to live differently. Reset my priorities. Transform my mind … and my life!
Action Item: Get in touch with the “mind-set” that you have entered this campaign with. What have you pre-determined? What are you stubborn about? What have you already decided? Be honest here – write those things down. Then make a commitment with yourself to be open-minded. Listen, look, reflect – and see what you learn. You may be surprised to find yourself transformed before this prayer journey is finished.