“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
I’ve been listening to Ravi Zacharias’ book ‘Jesus Among Secular Gods’…something stood out to me while listening to it yesterday. It is a phrase that is over the doors of a university in Switzerland; “Free thinking is good, right thinking is better”. That was really a ‘wow’ moment for me. It made me think how I live my life. Sometimes with God’s guidance and other times where I live it on my own and ignore God.
Free will is something that I think is sometimes taken for granted with Christians. We can either take it as a free for all where we think we can do anything we want and God’s grace will forgive us or we can be ultra strict-almost legalistic-and ask God for confirmation on every single decision we need to make. One thing that God has taught me over the last few years is that although something may not strictly be sinful by Biblical standards but it could be sinful in His eyes if we as an individual does it.
One such example is several years ago when I wanted to get the windows in my car tinted. My honey and I had a bit of a disagreement about it but I was being stubborn and decided that I wanted them anyway…I had the money for it so I was going to get them done. Well…God straightened my booty out about that right quick. I felt Him tell me (very strong sense of it) that He did not want me getting my windows done. I decided to talk back a bit and said ‘Oh yes I am!’…in the end I did not get them done. I couldn’t bring self to go against Him. If I did go ahead and get them done, I would have been sinning against God-doing something I knew full well He was against.
His telling me not to get them done very well may have been just seeing if I would follow His guidance for my life. The more we follow God’s guidance-through the Holy Spirit-the easier it becomes to recognize His voice, HIS will for our lives. The more we ignore it, the harder it becomes.
God’s intentions for us is for good. I know it doesn’t always seem that way, to me anyway. But I believe what His Word tells me. I hold onto the promises like His plans for me are for good and not harm. That He will guide me; ‘The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.’ Psalm 37: 23-24
Right thinking is, in my eyes anyway, doing things God’s way. I make plenty of mistakes…usually unintentionally. I do my best to listen to God, to do things His way rather than my own. I will/do have good days and bad days but God is always there ready and willing to forgive me if I’m sorry for what I’ve done and to continue to guide me to change and be more like Him.
Praying today is a day I follow more in His path than my own.
In Jesus’ precious name.