It seems to me that the primary battle of the Christian life is in our thinking. Paul wrote about “renewing the mind.” We are to be of the same mind as Christ. But thinking new thoughts is hard.
Coming to Christ in the first place involves a change of mind. Metanoia is the Greek word for “repentance.” It simply means a change of mind. It took a change of mind for you to come to Jesus. Now, whether you think you made the change or the Holy Spirit made the change in you, the simple fact is that the change happened. Your participation in the Christian life began there.
Someplace along the line, you found yourself rethinking your life. I don’t know how bad things were for you, but you probably came to the point of wanting a serious change. Maybe you realized that all your effort had made little difference. You had no peace, no hope, no strength, no victory, and maybe no joy. Then Jesus offered His life to you. He told you that He loved you and wanted you to be with Him forever. You responded and accepted what He offered.
Then, if you were like most believers, you went right back to the old way of thinking. Your activities might have changed, but your thinking was the same. You still believed that you were responsible for making changes in your life. You thought that your performance was even more important now, for Christ’s sake. It was still up to you and the same kind of stress and frustration began creeping back into your life. Maybe you even began to wonder if anything real had happened when you came to Christ.
But Jesus said that we should not try to put the old thinking into the new life.
And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.” Mark 2:22
When you strive to measure up, when you build walls of accountability around yourself so that you do not sin, when you judge others and yourself by the things you do—you are thinking the old way. The new way of thinking is for us to look to Christ. We measure up because of Him. We are free from sin because of Him. We judge no one, not even ourselves, because of Him.
Have a question about life? Ask Jesus! Believe that He is real and active. Believe that He hears you and that He answers. Believe that He will guide you and care for you. Trust Him. That’s a whole new way of thinking.
Paul told us to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” So tell yourself these things:
I am secure in Jesus. He loves me. He will never reject me. I no longer need to find my peace or joy or satisfaction or acceptance in anything or anyone other than Him. I don’t have to measure up. My sins are all forgiven. Jesus loves me, this I know.