January 21, 2023
by Pastor Chuck SwindollScriptures: Romans 12:1–2
Let's talk about some positive input on the correct mentality of a servant. Is it possible to think so much like Christ that our minds operate on a different plane than others around us? Not only is it possible—it's essential!
Let's talk about some
positive input on the correct mentality of a servant. Is it possible to think
so much like Christ that our minds operate on a different plane than others
around us? Not only is it possible—it's essential!
The familiar words
of Paul in Romans 12:1–2 need to
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the
mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable
to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to
this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may
prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
At this point in
his letter to the believers in Rome, Paul drops to his knees, as it were, and
pleads. That means it's important, perhaps one of the most important truths he
would ever write. After urging us to present ourselves to God as living
sacrifices, he adds a warning. Let's read it this time as J. B. Phillips
Don't let the world around you squeeze
you into its own mold, but let God remold your minds from within, so that you
may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his
demands and moves toward the goal of true maturity (Romans 12:2 PHILLIPS).
squeezed in! Quit aping the system of thought that surrounds you, its line of
reasoning, its method of operation, its style and techniques! How? By a radical
transformation within. By a renewed thought pattern that demonstrates authentic
begins with thinking differently. A life that is characterized by serving
others begins in a mind that is convinced of such a life. That explains why
that great section of Scripture describing Christ's willingness to take upon
Himself the form of a servant begins with the words: "Have this attitude in
yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5).
Jesus's life of
serving was the outworking of His mind—"unsqueezed" by the world system in all
its selfishness—and remains, forever, our example to follow.
For us to be true
servants of God, our minds must be renewed.