Devotion: Surrendering My Mind

Whenever I spend time at the county hospital, I am forced to think about how I view people.

My prejudices.
Preconceived notions.
What Scripture says?
Ton and tons to think about. Right?!

But, why think or talk about these things?

. . . Because Jesus loves everyone, despite their appearances, awkward habits, beliefs, chains or burdens.

In my humanness, it can be hard to be as loving. I am not Jesus. I have my limits, but so did He. While Jesus was human as He walked earth, He is fully God. He is perfect.

I want to be like Jesus. So, my ways of thinking about me, about people, about the world, about the sins I used to enjoy. All of that needs to change, so I can become the person the Lord can make me to be!

I am a brand new person, because I chose (and continue to choose) to follow our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Because we are made new when we come to Him, nothing is off limits. The Lord can powerfully move in every area of our lives.

Die to Self

Days like these, where I see people of all ethnicity, prisoners in actual chains, and other things. It reminds me that I could definitely be more loving, because I am not perfect either.

I am reminded of my need to die to my self and to live for Him.

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20, New International Version

Becoming Transformed

When we give our preconceived ways of thinking to our Mighty God, He can change us from the inside-out. And, it is a total worship experience. In Romans 12:1-2, we are reminded that as our minds are renewed in Christ – that is when we become transformed. We are being given the amazing blessing of becoming like Christ, as a son or daughter of the Most High God!

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s 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 God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 12:1-2

Now I ask you –

Will you lay down your old way of thinking and choose to fully surrender to Jesus Christ? Give Him everything, and just wait to see how He will indeed change you!

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