Disappointment, bitterness, anger, resentment…all these words describe my attitude this week. There are things that I had planned this week but couldn’t do them because Christian had hives, Carysse caught a cold, and then Christian caught Carysse’s cold. So, I’ve been serving my children instead of being able to do what I wanted to do.
My kids’ conditions really aren’t the culprits. The root is my sinful heart. I still need to die to self, selfishness, & self-centeredness. God is “killing” me in this sanctifying process. He’s teaching me that it’s not about me, but it’s ALL about Him. Until I get that, I will continue to go through test after test after test. God doesn’t grade on a curve. We just have to keep being tested. He wants us to be “mature, complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:4). So, He will continue to take us through the fire of sanctification until we come out looking more like Him.
Being more like Christ, takes a renewed mind. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Many of us know this verse by memory, but really haven’t focused on the word “testing”. We don’t become saved and automatically have a renewed mind. As we are tested, we come to the knowledge of God’s will.
After reading Romans 12:1-2, I made myself 5 Transformed Mind Accountability questions.
1. Is this thought holy and pleasing to God? (verse 1)
2. Am I worshipping God with this thought? (v. 1)
3. Is this thought worldly or godly? (v. 2)
4. Is this thought helping me to have a renewed mind in Christ? (v. 2)
5. Will this thought help me to discern God’s good, acceptable, and perfect will? (v. 2)
We must surrender to God’s transforming power and humble ourselves through our personal sanctification processes. Remember, “Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). May we all stand firm in this life as we look forward to the day when our Savior gives us the crown of life.