Becoming a Christian doesn’t guarantee change. Change is the result of renewal as God works in our lives. It’s a life-long process of working out our salvation by allowing God to mold and form us into people who bear the likeness and character of Jesus.
Philippians 2:12-13; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Colossians 3:9-10; Romans 12:1; Romans 12:2
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13
God alone is capable of transforming us into the image of Jesus; however, His work requires our cooperation. When you accepted Jesus Christ, God began the character overhaul. He gave you the fuel injection of his Holy Spirit who works in you, but how much the Holy Spirit is allowed to do depends on you. In order to make your character top gear—acceptable and holy to Him, you must work on renewing your mind. Only through thinking differently can change take place. Rom. 12:2.
What are you doing to renew your mind? How are you fueling your mind? What are you putting into it? How is the quality of what you are putting into your mind affecting the Holy Spirit’s work in you?
Write down the things you do, the TV shows you watch, the friends you socialize with and decide how each thing is affecting your mind. Determine to set aside at least 2 things that are having a negative affect on your spiritual progress and replace them with things that will fuel God’s Spirit in your life—things such as prayer, devotions, listening to Christian music, Christian concerts, volunteering, Bible reading, and spending time with Christian friends.
Dear God, perform your renewing work in me. Transform me and renew my mind so that I see things as you see them, love others as you love them, and give freely of myself to serve you. Help me to yield to your Holy Spirit’s process one day at a time. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.