Romans 12:2 – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – How do we renew our minds and thus be transformed? By allowing Godly thoughts to fill our minds rather than worldly thoughts. This is done through constant prayer, diligently reading His Word and through regular Church attendance and involvement.
My Advice – Don’t believe that you have to conform to the world’s pattern of success and pleasure to be satisfied and happy. Allow God to transform you from the will of the world to His will. It will not disappoint you. You will find that it is good, pleasing and perfect.
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Acts 23:1 – “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – It is not enough for us to do our duty. We must do so with a clear conscience. This means doing it right and without being compelled. Doing it out of love and devotion rather than grudgingly and out of mere duty.
My Advice – Do what you can to keep your conscience clear. If not, you can clear it by confessing to God.
Acts 4:13 – When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – One need not attend seminary, or be extraordinarily gifted as theologians. One need only spend quality time (Bible reading, prayer, church, small groups) with Jesus and He will make the difference.
My Advice – There is no better recognition for people of the world to look at us and be able to realize that we have been with Jesus. Seek this kind of recognition in life. Make it possible by making time to spend with Him.
Luke 18:28-30 – Peter said to Him, “We have left all we had to follow you!” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said to them, “no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the Kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and in the age to come, eternal life.” (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Few have to make these kinds of sacrifices for God, but when they do, it is a comfort to know that they will receive back many times over.
My Advice – Do not fret over things sacrificed for God. After all, they were only temporary anyway.
Luke 5:11 – So they pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Him. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Few have such a ready willingness to give up professions and possessions to follow Christ. But because He gave up so much for us, we should be willing to do the same.
My Advice – Do not become so attached to worldly possessions or positions that they become too costly for you to give up if God calls you to follow Him where you cannot take them.