The Thinking of a Disciple

What fills the mind of a disciple of Jesus? Let’s begin with a brief look at the mind of one who doesn’t know Jesus. That mind is filled with what I want for myself, my family, my friends and my fellow workers. You will notice it all revolves around “me.” When one surrenders to Jesus and receives Him as Lord and Savior, that surrender includes the mind. Prior to being a disciple, the mind is under the sway of “self” and the manipulation of Satan. Our fallen natures “call the shots.” With genuine conversion, the Holy Spirit enters our inner being and begins renewing our minds. “….according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (From Titus 3:5; See also Romans 12:2). Now the renewed mind is filled with wonder, love and gratitude for God’s grace, love and mercy. Questions challenge the redeemed mind. How can I know more about Him? How can I please Him? How does He want me to invest my life? How do I know and do His will? The Bible becomes the most exciting book in the world! Prayer is realized to be the privilege of talking with our Heavenly Father and…….listening to Him. We become motivated for others to discover what God is able and willing to do for them. Our affections are being weaned from this world’s sinful attractions and fixed on the things of God. it is a radical transformation and gradually shapes us for our eternal home. Proverbs 23:7 points this out: “For as he thinketh in his heart, so (is) he.”  The chorus to Helen H. Lemmel’s  hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” speaks of the mind that is being renewed: “Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.” Selah! A disciple’s old thoughts, desires, motives, values and purposes are giving way to new, higher, and holier ones. If you are a disciple, you are experiencing this renewal of your thinking.   Ron

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