Romans 12:1-2

The Daily Battle on Our Life Journey

Each day of our life journey brings many new opportunities, blessings, joys, and challenges.  One of the most important factors of life that is often forgotten or missed is the matter of what is on our mind.  

People and circumstances bring various encounters into our life, and we must be very careful as to the thoughts that enter and control our mind.  James 1:14-16 instructs that sinful thoughts are where sinful actions begin.  Many times throughout the Scriptures, we are warned to be alert to the attack of the enemy in thoughts that lead to wrong words and evil deeds.  

It is important to:

  • Guard our thoughts (Proverbs 4:23)
  • Examine our thoughts (Psalm 139:23-24)
  • Change our thoughts (II Corinthians 10:5)
  • Renew our minds (Romans 12:2)  to renew means take out bad and put in good
  • Fill our mind and thoughts with the Word of God (Psalm 119:11)

This is a daily challenge and battle.  Wrong, deceptive, hurtful, and evil thoughts can quietly slip into one’s mind and contaminate our actions and behavior.

 

The Awesome Gift

We have now received the gift of a new day.  Each day consists of 86,400 seconds, and it is our choice of what to do with this time.  These students in this picture have decided that the best way to invest their life (time) this day is to challenge their minds and become better servants for the Lord.

This new day, God’s gift to us, is ours to invest or squander away.  How we utilize this day is our choice.  But since we do not know what to do, as believers, we are instructed in the Bible to:

  1. Commit all to the Lord:  Proverbs 16:3
  2. Pray for wisdom: James 1:53
  3. Surrender all to the Lord:  Romans 12:1-2
  4. Be determined to obey the Lord in all things:  I Corinthians 10:31
  5. Be careful to make right choices: Proverbs 27:12
  6. Be thankful in the Lord: I Thessalonians 5:18
  7. Fear God and keep His commandments: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

 How we use these next few hours will bring joy, blessing, happiness, and productivity or sadness, regret, waste, and sorrow.  As one wise Bible teacher has instructed, “don’t waste your life,” and life comes to us one day at a time.  Let’s rejoice in the Lord, commit to do His will at all times, and be a light in a dark world this day.

What Do Others See?

Each day we encounter and influence many people as we go about out daily tasks.  It is in the way we talk, respond, and behave along with our attitude that impacts others. Also, the way one is dressed speaks loudly to the passing world.  The scriptures teach that believers are to be “salt and light in a dark world.” (Matthew 5:13-16)

We do not need to wear a sign that states we are Christians, but the way we live, talk, dress, and act should be so that people would conclude that “we have been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13)

The impact and impressions we leave as we walk through our world today are of great importance.  In obedience to the Word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit, it is our great joy to be representatives of the living Lord, drawing others to Him for freedom and forgiveness. 

Yes, it does make a difference how we talk, walk, dress, behave, and conduct our life in every aspect.  Check out Ephesians 2:8-10