Romans 11:1-14:23Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Most of our mobile phones come equipped with a feature called “screen time,” where the user can view the total amount of hours and minutes they’ve spent on their phone, as well as a breakdown of the most used apps throughout a given day. For many people, the results can be surprising!
What if you could view a “screen time” of your mind? Did you know that we have around 50,000 thoughts a day? From the moment we wake up until we go to sleep, our brain processes thoughts of worry, excitement, ease, boredom, intrigue, and so much more. As we delve into the results, we see thought patterns emerge.
The Apostle Paul tells us in Romans 12 that our thought patterns determine our beliefs, directly affecting the feelings that drive our actions and choices. His teaching reminds us that to live out God’s intended best for our lives, we must constantly reset our minds. How do we do that? As we move through each day, we put our thoughts, feelings, and actions through the filter of God’s Word.
Are you able to discern what thoughts should manifest in your mind or stop in their tracks? The word “renewing” in today’s verse signifies a routine action. It’s the daily task of allowing Scripture and the things of God to help direct your thought life. What will you discover when you check the screen time of your mind? Will you find distractions that take you off-course, or will you see God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will?
Dear God, Thank You that the Bible is so relevant and applicable to my life today. Renew my thoughts and help me focus on what’s pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.