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Needing renewed minds

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 4 months ago | 2083 views Link:

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In Matthew 20, Jesus took His twelve disciples aside and told them that they were going up to Jerusalem and that He would by delivered over to the chief priests and scribes for torture and crucifixion, but then be raised from the dead.  Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to Him with her sons and asked that they be allowed to sit at His right and left hands in His kingdom.

In the previous chapter of Matthew, the rich young ruler had his conversation with Jesus about eternal life and went away sorrowful because he didn’t want to give up what he had.  After the conversation, Peter said to Jesus, “See, we have left everything and followed you.  What then will we have?”

In Luke 22, Jesus is in the upper room with His disciples having the last supper with them.  He foretells His betrayal and His sacrifice of Himself.  Luke immediately tells us that a dispute arose among them as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest.

Above are four examples of people whose thoughts are not on the things of God, but on themselves.  Jesus rebuked Peter at one point about that very thing.  In Matthew 16, Jesus showed His disciples that He had to go to Jerusalem and be killed.  Peter took Him aside and rebuked Him saying it would never happen to Him.  Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan!  You are a hindrance to me.  For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

How often do we find ourselves setting our minds on the things of man or the world or the flesh rather than the things of God?  It is a warning to us that we can think wrongly. Paul warned the Corinthians about that.  In 2 Corinthians 11, he said, “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

Our thinking needs to change from thoughts of self and the world to thoughts of Christ.  Paul said, “…put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds.” 

He said again in Romans 12, “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.”  Despite God giving us new hearts and new minds to see and think things differently, we need renewal of our minds daily, don’t we? Paul said, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”

May our thoughts be renewed daily as we take in His word and meditate upon it.  May our thoughts turn often to Him rather than to ourselves.  May our walk reflect renewed minds.



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