Our journey in 2017 is to let go of our identification with the old identity and replace it with what the Father says is true about us. And I don’t necessarily mean that in the general group sense. Is it easier to say ‘we are children of God’ than ‘I am the daughter of God?’ Is it easier to identify with ‘ I am a mom’ than ‘I am one with Christ?’ Yet we are going to learn through God’s word that the latter statements are more true than the former ones. But you cannot experience who you are until you ‘see’ who you are.
Roman 12:1-2. Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of Godʼs mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Do not conform 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 Godʼs will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
What is the pattern of the world that we conform to? The pattern teaches us to make gods of our possessions, people, and socioeconomic structures. We make gods of our spouses, our children, our careers. What about our government, the constitution, the American dream? We worship our rights, our entitlements and our stuff, trying to serve two masters as we fight for these. The pattern of the world tells us to walk in fear, focus on ourselves, eye for an eye. It isn’t interested in our liberation because our freedom means it’s death.
But Romans 8:29 says we are destined to be conformed into the image of Christ. So we must transform our minds in order to grasp the truth and be free of these patterns. We understand truth, not with our brains but with our heart. It is said that the longest journey is from our head to our heart.
As we transform, we will really know God’s perfect will and walk in it. But this will require our surrendering of wrong mindsets and the power of the Holy Spirit.
I hope you will join me on this journey to know Christ and the power of his resurrection. To see the kingdom of heaven on earth. In order for me to do this I will have to disconnect from the world’s pattern in my mind. To know Christ I will have to renew my mind. Only then will I break this conformity and will prove what God’s will is. His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
May we commit this year to renewing our minds and believing only the Words of God, and Jesus, the son of the Living God.
** I penciled the picture based on the 18 inch Journey and used Staedler pens to outline.