Daily Bible reading is crucial to filling out minds with God’s truth about daily living as a Christian. As a church, we recognise that importance and offer various personal Bible reading guides. But there is also a corporate element to filling our minds with God’s truth for daily Christian living. That is why we memorise small portions of Scripture together.
If you have been part of this exercise with us the past two years, you would have a fairly good recollection of the ‘Ten Doctrine and Ten Godliness‘ verses. And now, we are making our way through what is one of the most mind-renewing chapters in Scripture for daily Christian living – Romans 12.
Only three verses in thus far, but already our thinking should have been challenged.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers,Romans 12:1-3 (ESV)
by the mercies of God,
to present your bodies
as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God,
which is your spiritual worship.
Do not be conformed
to this world,
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.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you
not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think,
but to think with sober judgment,
each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
How are you presenting yourself to God? As one conformed to this world, or as one with a renewed mind? Are you testing your thoughts and responses to identify the way God wants you to live, or are you still following your own will which is only good in your own eyes, unacceptable to God and certainly not perfect? Are you stopping the self-promoting thoughts you think and replacing them with thoughts about yourself as a sinner saved by grace to serve God through your daily life?
Fix these verses as a plaque on the door of your mind, and do not enter your thoughts without a prayerful consideration of these truths. Think about your thinking.