Preparing the mind through His word
For we only know a part now, and we speak only a part. When everything is perfect, then we will not need these gifts that are not perfect. When I was a child, I spoke like a child. I thought like a child. I understood like a child. Now I am a man. I do not act like a child anymore. Now that which we see is as if we were looking in a broken mirror. But then we will see everything. 1 Corinthians 13:9-12
God wants His children to grow in their spiritual lives. He does not want them to stagnate to the point that they will not be able to discern what is right from what is wrong. He wants them to develop their minds so that they will leave their childish ways. This is also what the Apostle Paul alluded to when he was discussing about the use of spiritual gifts. “Christian brothers, do not be like children in your thinking. Be full-grown, but be like children in not knowing how to sin” (1 Corinthians 14:20). God saved us from our old life of sinfulness and brought us to new life. This new life in Christ includes knowing that He calls us to live a life that pursues holiness. “You must be holy because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16). This is a high calling and also a difficult calling. If this is God’s goal for His children, then He will be there to help them attain His desires for their lives. To attain such, He wants you to “Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world” (1 Peter 1:13). Do not forget that God invited you to be in a relationship with Him. It was His grace that brought you to His Kingdom and it is also His grace that will sustain you so you could live the way He intended. Your time spent regularly in His word helps you prepare your mind. When you continually meditate on His word, you discover magnificent truths that reveal His will for your life. Through this practice, you grow discerning what is truth from falsehood. In this way, you prepare your minds to act upon His will and you learn how to develop discipline and self-control. God does not want you to slip back from your old ways that craves to satisfy selfish desires. He wants you to grow in your obedience to His word. So prepare yourself daily by renewing your mind allowing Him to help you conform to His image. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect” (Romans 12:2). Daily in your prayers desire to encounter God and ask Him to help you live the life that honors and glorifies Him.