Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Being Saved Doesn't Make You Sane

Summer discipleship groups have just started and God has really used the memory verse for the first week in my group to stir up what I believe are some important thoughts. Here's the verse, "Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God." (Rom.12:2-HCSB)  

This verse, addressed to Christians, makes it clear that being born again doesn't make you discerning or wise. It makes it clear that born again Christians, whose thoughts are conformed to the world when they are saved, must transform the way they think if they want to be able to discern right from wrong, good from bad. It is not automatic upon being born again.

So . . . being saved doesn't make you sane, meaning you can be saved and still have opinions that are influenced by sin and the world rather than by the Savior;  being born again and feeling like you know what God's will is doesn't make it God's will; so we should not expect saved people to have God's worldview just because they are saved since that requires discipleship. Jesus said we were to make disciples by "teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you."  (Matt.28:20a-HCSB) 

So, it's entirely possible to be born again and believe all kinds of things that are wrong. It's not possible, however, to be a disciple (a follower) of Jesus Christ, to know what is good, to please God, and to live a life that glorifies Him if you don't intentionally transform the way you think by the application of His truth. 

Take a step toward renewal. Read what Jesus said about it all in John 14 and 15.