With the Lord's authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against Him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.
But that isn't what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from Him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God...truly righteous and holy.
If we are saved the moment we give our hearts to Jesus, if the next moment takes us directly to Heaven, then God gave us a pass.
Instead of growing up in Christ as followers, we were picked up by God like children... and carried home. We skipped the school of discipleship. Only our Principal knows His reasons for early dismissals.
But for the rest of us, the ones chosen to understudy Jesus, we have a lot to learn. One core course is diplomacy. Its purpose? To prepare us as 'Ambassadors for Christ' (2 Corinthians 5:20). Within our student body, leadership positions are awarded by personal sacrifice, rather than professional achievement.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If you're on earth, then you're in school. If you're in school, then learn God's Rules.
Consider Two: 1) The heart rules the head, and 2) The head rules the body.*
Therein, our mind's obedience to Christ is essential to walk and talk correctly.**
But controlling our thoughts is like the Lone Ranger corralling a field of wild horses singlehandedly. It might work on TV, but don't try it at home.
If committing our hearts to Jesus happens in a brilliant flash of light, then committing our heads to Him is a different story. It requires a lifetime of effort.
Taking 'Every thought captive to the obedience of Christ' (2 Corinthians 10:5) is a two-front battle against the wiles of the enemy, requiring: 1) Self-denial, and 2) Mind renewal.
Therefore, 'Be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect' (Romans 12:2).
1) Read Scripture... out loud.
2) Praise God... out loud.
3) Pray privately... out loud.
4) Pray with friends... out loud.
5) Hang with godly friends.
6) Avoid ungodly friends.
7) Speak positive words.
8) Hear positive words.
9) Believe God's Word.
10) Sing worship music.
11) Wear protective headgear.***
12) Seek the truth.
Your new mind is so beautiful. Cherish it.
## All Things New 2020: Your New Mind (Part 9)
* 'A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks' (Luke 6:45).
** See James 3:1-12: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+3%3A1-12&version=NKJV
*** The Armor of God: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=EPhesians+6%3A10-17&version=NKJV
NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2015 devotion series, 'All Things New.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the All Things New 2020 series.