Sometimes I get confused when I see a proclaimed Christian go back to their old way’s before they knew Christ. However, according to Ephesians 4:17 I shouldn’t be. The apostle Paul reminds the church he spent years with and is now affectionately writing that they must “no longer” go back to their sinful lifestyles assuming that some of them have already done so. He then describes what a gentile looks like and how it’s the opposite of how a Christian should look like (v. 18-22). In verse 23 Paul then says something extremely helpful to prevent us from backsliding into sin.
He says “Be renewed in the spirit of your minds.”
Sometimes we separate the heart and the head in our Christian lives as we ride emotional roller coasters attached to our heart but don’t do anything with our minds. Don’t get me wrong because the heart and emotions are important to God and your spiritual life, but thinking, learning and studying needs to be attached to your sanctification. As John Piper says in his book “Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God”…
“Loving God with all our mind means that our thinking is wholly engaged to do all it can to awaken and express the heartfelt fullness of treasuring God above all things.”
This means that our mind needs to be attached to our affections for God in order to treasure Him before all things in which so won’t go back to the idols we lived for before Christ. So be renewed in the spirit of your minds to help you think about temptation before it creeps into your life, Scripture as you memorize, meditate and study, game plans on how to be a better missionary and disciple toward others because all of these things take the pursuit of Christ with your mind alongside your heart.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor