If “you are what you eat” is true, then I’m a big ‘ole chocolate-covered coffee bean.
Yes, I consume a lot of chocolate and coffee. And while I also eat lean meat and fresh fruits and veggies, I’m sure I would be healthier if I cut back on my favs!
We Do What We Think
But are we as careful with our spiritual health? The Bible shows a direct correlation between what we put into our minds and our spiritual health. The way we think directly affects our character and behavior. The apostle Paul put it like this:
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is. Romans 12:2, NLT
In order for the Holy Spirit to transform us into the image of Christ, our thinking must first be changed. If we fill our minds with the “wisdom” of the world and its ways that’s exactly what will come out in our character and behavior.
An Example from My Own Life
Years ago I started reading a popular detective book series. I noticed from the beginning that the language was less than acceptable for a believer who shouldn’t allow “any unwholesome talk come out of my mouth” (Ephesians 4:29). But the stories were engaging and, after all, just because I “read” it didn’t mean I agreed with it or would ever say it, right? So I kept reading.
Somewhere into the third book of the series I noticed with horror that sometimes when an emotional situation arose, one of those words I had been reading on the page popped into my mind. Thankfully they didn’t come out of my mouth, but I have no doubt they would have if I continued to read the books.
God quickly and clearly showed me the connection between what I allowed into my mind and what would eventually come out in my behavior. I threw those books away. Lest you think me “super spiritual” I confess that I don’t always obey God so quickly. However, I am thankful I did this time. I would have been crushed if one of those words came out of my mouth in front of my children – or my pastor!
Let’s Be Transformed, Not Conformed
What our culture considers “good, moral, and acceptable” is a far cry from the truth of God’s Word. When we watch, read, and participate in things out of line with God’s truth our thinking becomes desensitized. As our thinking shifts and conforms to the world our character and behavior will follow.
We will do what we think.
Let’s ask God to show us where our thinking is out of line with His truth. Let’s ask Him to transform our thinking and improve our spiritual health. Let’s start today!
What things in our culture do you feel have the most negative impact on believer’s thinking? How can we guard ourselves and allow God to renew our thinking and align it with His?