Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Transforming Reality of God’s Kingdom

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2)
We are called to change our way of thinking. The world — this present age — wants us to think the way it thinks and act the way it acts. It wants to squeeze us out, like play dough, according to its own mold, to follow the will of the world.

But this present age is passing away and the age of God’s kingdom is breaking into the world. “Because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining,” is how John the apostle puts it (1 John 2:8).
Instead of letting the world conform us to its way of thinking, we are to let our minds be transformed, made new by God. Instead of bowing to the will of the world, God wants us to discover how good, how fitting, how rich and complete is His will for us.

Elsewhere, Paul tells us to let the same mind be in as that which was in Jesus the Messiah, who, though He was God, and contrary to the way of the world, humbled Himself and became a servant to all, even to the point of death on the cross. It is this mind that God honors, even as King Jesus has been exalted by God and given a name that is above every name (Philippians 2:6-11).

Again, Paul says, “If then you were raised with Christ [and Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:4-6 that indeed we were], seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1-2). Our minds are to be established on the way heaven thinks, not according to the limiting thoughts of earth. This is not for the purpose of escaping from the world, but so that world may be transformed by the glory of King Jesus.

The earth itself is waiting for this transformation, this renewal, the manifestation of the sons of God. “The earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God … because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:19, 21)

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind with the mind of Jesus the Messiah, that the earth may be transformed by the reality of God’s kingdom, the will of God being done on earth as it is in heaven.