The Ravi Zacharias International Ministries has a radio broadcast entitled Let My People Think, which is dedicated to helping the thinker believe and helping the believer think. It airs on over 2,000 outlets worldwide. If you have not visited their web site, I highly recommend that you do.
When God said, “Let my people go that they may serve me” (Exodus 5:1), He always intended it to be a service rooted in a transformed mind.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Far too many Christians in the church today have renewed hearts but not renewed minds. Their worldview has never been transformed by the truths of the Gospel. They have never become serious students of the Scriptures, which is the primary means God uses to renew the minds of His people. To be sure, God uses the power of the Holy Spirit and the posture of prayer as agents of transformation in the life of the believer, but He has authored a book so that we would read it. The Bible was never meant to collect dust on a bookshelf.
The more we are in the Word of God, the more the Word of God will be in us. And the more the Word of God is in us, the more we will be transformed by it. It was God Himself who said, “Come now, let us reason together” (Isaiah 1:18). In all of the created order, we are the only image-bearers of the Most High God. We have been given the capacity to use our minds as well as our bodies to bring honor and glory to God.
When we come to the Scriptures, we are to come hungry and thirsty for the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. We are to marinate in it and meditate on it and begin living out its truths. To be sure, Jesus is in the business of renewing the mind of all those He has raised from death to life, but if we leave our brains in neutral and neglect pursuing the profound truths revealed in the pages of Scripture, we will make very little forward progress. Instead, our lives will be marked by careening from wall to wall all the way into glory.
So . . . how have you been using your mind for the glory of God and the good of others lately? What Paul said to Timothy, he says to us today: “Think over what I say, for the Lord will grant you understanding in everything” (2 Timothy 2:7). That is good advice for those who desire to go from being conformed to this world to being transformed by the renewing of the mind. God has set us free to think His thoughts after Him and to serve others in the love of Christ. These actions together allow us to bring greater glory to God than either one will ever do separately.
As my friend Steve Brown is fond of saying, “You think about that!”
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!