October 12, 2014

Transforming Your Mind

Romans 12:1-8

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
—Romans 12:2


Let’s say you have an original masterpiece painting in your home. As you are cleaning one day, you decide that this old dusty picture has seen better days, so you throw it out for the garbage truck to haul away. As the artwork lies in the trash, people passing by are shocked that such a fine piece would be thrown away. Then someone stops, picks it out of the trash, and brings it home. After discovering the significance of his find, he is elated.

“Ridiculous!” you might say; “That would never happen!” But today many of us are making an even greater mistake. We are God’s masterpiece—priceless. And yet we often think we are useless, without worth, insignificant. We might struggle with low self-esteem, thinking that we have to measure up to the world’s standards of greatness, success, status, power, and more in order to have value. The enemy has deceived us into believing a lie.

What is the medicine for this disease? How can we trade the lie for the truth? Paul calls us to “be transformed by the renewing of [our] mind.” We are called to replace our ungodly beliefs with godly ones. The truth is that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). God values us so much that he sent his Son into the world to redeem us. Do you believe this?

Lord Jesus, thank you for valuing each of us so much. As we meditate on this truth, please root out the lies we have believed. In your name we pray. Amen.

About the author — John Kuperus

Since he was young, John Kuperus has had a passion that everyone would know Jesus. Spreading the good news that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15) is very important to him. To be better equipped for missions, John attended Reformed Bible College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He applied these skills with marketplace evangelism in a business he started in Sussex, New Jersey. This calling continued to follow him, so John attended seminary and became a minister in the Christian Reformed Church, serving a church in Ontario for eight years. Currently he serves as a missionary for Youth with a Mission (YWAM). He witnesses Jesus changing lives as people walk out of the darkness into the light. John is married to Helen, and they have seven children.

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