“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” — John 15:5
Stop Thinking Like the World
Are you being transformed? Transformation is what happens to a person when she gives her attention to something that changes her thinking. The word transformation means “a thorough or dramatic change.”
So what is transforming your thoughts, words, and actions?
2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us to bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. When our thoughts are obedient to Jesus’ words, we are not only transformed, but we begin to bear fruit by causing a transformation in others.
If you want to see disciples for Christ on your watch, you need to begin with your own thoughts.
Since Jesus’ purpose was to destroy the works of the enemy (1 John 3:8) and to save every person who calls upon His Name (Romans 10:13), we must be very careful to continue to be attached to the vine. As soon as we begin giving our time and attention to the world more than to the Light of the world, we begin the transformation that will conform us to the world’s way of thinking and viewing everything. We will begin following our prince. And who is the prince of the world? John 12:31 tells us that it is Satan, the father of lies (John 8:44) and the world of unbelievers are in bondage to Satan (Ephesians 2:2) and speak his lies.
Not all of the world’s ideas are wrong. However, a half-truth is a total lie. So we must ask the Lord our God to shine His Light into every facet of our being to expose those things that have been tainted by the world so that they can be replaced by the Lord’s thoughts about what is happening around us. Put on “the mind of Christ” and go out and bear much fruit for the Kingdom of our Almighty God!