Here's a devotional I wrote for our church's e-newsletter this week, and with this one I have my blog readers caught up with my train of thought! Hope the Lord uses this to bless your life, I know the many times with the Lord that produced it blessed mine!
In last week’s devotional I said that developing a lifestyle of sharing the good news of Jesus Christ is all about sharing in the heart of God. We must do the right thing, that’s for sure. But first we must learn to feel the right thing. That is, we must press into our motives and pray for the grace to align them with the motives of God. Lasting joy in sharing the gospel stems from sharing in the heart motives of our Father.
And a vital part of sharing in his motives is learning to think as he thinks. It’s learning to view the world as he views the world. It’s being transformed by the renewing of our minds so that by testing we can discern the will of God in any given situation (Romans 12:1-2). As we learn to think the thoughts of God we will more naturally feel the feelings of God and act according to his will.
So, if we want to develop and sustain a passion to share the good news of Jesus Christ with a lost and dying world we must constantly fill our minds with the truths that make up that good news. We must read the Word of God daily and ponder truths such as the glory of God in the creation of all things; the horror and devastation of sin; the hot anger of God toward sin and the coming judgment; the merciful heart of God that pursued a path by which sinners could be saved from the moment sin entered the world; the ancient plan that began in Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and eventually culminated in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world; the perfect righteousness of Christ which is credited toward everyone who believes in him; the shed blood of Christ that forgives all the sin of everyone who believes in him; the resurrection of Christ which proved that, unlike other religious leaders, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, that no one comes to the Father except through him; the coming day of judgment in which God will examine every person’s life and works in light of his holiness; the eternal punishment that will be inflicted upon fallen angels and all who refuse to believe in Jesus Christ; the eternal blessing poured upon those who humble themselves by grace and believe in Jesus Christ, surrendering their lives to him.
As truths like these sink deeper and deeper into our hearts and minds, as our souls are transformed into the image of Jesus who saved us, we will come to think as God thinks, to view the world as he views the world, and to act as he would have us act. A renewed mind gives rise to godly motives, and godly motives propel us to be on mission with Jesus.
So, Beloved, let us pursue the lost and the least of these by first seeking the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. When God is our Treasure, his mission will be our pleasure.
Longing with you to think as God thinks,Pastor Charlie