I don’t recall when and where I heard this song, but the lyrics caught my attention. A band from the 1960’s, The Animals, sang a song entitled It’s my Life. A couple lines in the song read as follows, “It's my life and I'll do what I want, It's my mind and I'll think what I want.” Sounds much like our world today…maybe that’s even your current mindset. But how should the mind and life of a follower of Christ be different than the world regardless of what messages they’re attempting to instill in us? The Apostle Paul answers this for us in Romans 12:1-2 (NLT). He says, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” In Galatians 2:20 (NLT) the Apostle Paul also states that, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Those verses ought to be the message that our minds and lives reflect. Doing what I want and thinking how I want will never lead to anything beneficial in my life or in the lives of those around me. Making every effort to do what God would have me to do and thinking how He’d have me to think has to be at the forefront of my mind each day. I trust that each of us will have this conversation with the Lord today…letting Him know that he has all of you…all of your mind and actions, giving Him permission to lead and grow you in every aspect of your life.
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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