A Science Experiment
Alright kids, let’s get ready to have some science fun with Fred. In this experiment, you will need a half a glass of clean, pure drinking water. Next you will need a half a glass of muddy, dirty water.
What happens when you add the dirty water to the clean water? That’s right, it gets dirty.
Now what happens when you add the clean water to the dirty water? Does it get clean? Of course not. You get dirty water again.
Logic would tell us that if you added the dirty to the clean and got dirty water, then if you add the clean to the dirty you should get clean water, right?
Unfortunately, all roads lead to dirty water in this experiment.
The same happens with our minds. If we spend our time filling our minds with holy, righteous thoughts, we find that our minds, and souls, will benefit by becoming clean. But if we add dirty thoughts to that mind, no matter how clean our minds are we will end up unclean.
We as Christians are meant to be not conformed to the ways of this world, but transformed by “the renewal of your mind.” (Romans 12:2) It all starts with the mind. When a person first becomes a Christian, something happens in their mind that starts the transformation process. Eventually, the Christian’s life takes on less attributes of the human self and more attributes of Christ.
This is not to say that we won’t have those feelings or even stumble from time to time. Even Paul, arguably one of the greatest evangelists of all time, fought with recurring sin. A few chapters prior to writing the above verse, Paul says, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15)
But, Christian, we are set free by Christ. Although we will stumble, we will not be condemned for as long as we remain in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Christian, you are set free. Begin the transformation of your mind by focusing on Christ above through daily devotions, fasting, and talking with people who will hold you accountable daily.
Slowly, as you mature in Christ, you will find the peace that comes in Isaiah 26:3-4. “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord Himself, is the Rock eternal.”