As we go through our series “Where Are You?” we are learning that whatever stage we are in now, we are in a process of growth.
It’s impossible to imagine the possibility of becoming a successful doctor or lawyer without education. I wish Christians had the same understanding concerning spiritual growth. Becoming a Christian begins with surrender and a decision to believe that Jesus is God and that He did indeed die for our sins. He took the punishment we deserved, paid the debt we owed as sinners, and He rose from the dead, ascended to heaven to be seated at God’s right hand. He is alive today and has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of those who receive Him by faith.
That is the beginning of our faith and our Christian experience, but it is far from the end. We need to be educated concerning what belongs to us by virtue of our relationship with Jesus, how to live the new life He gives us, and how to align our thinking with the truth of His Word, We need to learn to think and then behave according to the new nature we have, rather than the old nature that officially went to the cross with Jesus. It’s so important to realize at the beginning of our journey that success will require time and effort — probably more than we would like! To think that this type of radical change will take place quickly and with no effort is pure foolishness. WE have to be disciplined about it. God gives us great freedom; He allows us to choose what we want to think, say, and do. If we will be wise enough to put good limits on our freedom, we will see great results.
The mind must be renewed. We must learn to think as God thinks if we want to have what He wants us to have. I frequently hear people say, “I am just not a disciplined person.” or “I just don’t have any self control” and they name a certain area like eating, exercising, or keeping things organized. If you are one of these people who believe you are not disciplined, then why not change your thinking. The Apostle Paul stated that God hasn't given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind, and a spirit of discipline and self-control. (2 Timothy 1:7) It is time to start renewing your mind by meditating on this thought: “I am disciplined and self-controlled.” You will never rise above what you believe, and as long as you believe you are not a disciplined person, then you wont be one. Say to yourself, “I have already decided that I will never give up on learning how to think properly. I am not where I want to be, but I am making progress!”