When your mind is stretched to a new dimension

Yesterday I said that God loves you as you are—but that God loves you too much to leave you as you are.

I said this because we can sometimes use God’s love as an excuse for stagnancy or disobedience. Just because God loves us that doesn’t mean he necessarily condones everything we do.

Although we’re imperfect, it’s important to continually strive to grow and mature, with the help of the Holy Spirit, as we become less self-centred and more Christ-centred. As Paul writes in Romans 12:2 (NIV): “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Today I’m going to ask you some questions to help you take your own transformation seriously:

If you’ve been a Christian for at least 5 years, ask yourself: How has my life become less self-centred and more Christ-centred? Then look into the next year and ask yourself: How will my life become less self-centred and more Christ-centred?

If that applies to you, think it through.

If you’re a new Christian, look into the next year and ask yourself: How will my life become less self-centred and more Christ-centred?

Seriously, if that applies to you, think it through.

If you’re not yet a Christian, ask yourself: Is my life is going to be more faithful, more abundant, and more in-sync with God’s meaningful design for my life, by following myself or by following Christ?

Oliver Wendell Holmes, the well-known American jurist who died in 1894 said that “Every now and then a man’s (sic) mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never shrinks back to its former dimensions.”

For Christians that “new idea” is Christ.

Which of the above questions applies to you? Think it through.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

By Matthew Ruttan

  • Today’s “Up!” is based on Part 1 in a series I’m teaching called “Oops! – Half-truths we believe, how they hurt us, and how biblical truth can get us back on track.” Listen in here.

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