In Matthew 10, a lawyer asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life. The answer: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (v.27)
God wants your whole life; He isn’t interested in just a part of it. He doesn’t just want your Sunday mornings. He wants it all. 365 days this year, but 366 in 2024. So today, I want to talk to you about one of my favorite verses. Romans 12:2 says, “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.”
When God transforms your mind, it transforms EVERYTHING.
True story, this very verse is what got iWork4Him started. I was so tired of running into “Christians” in the marketplace whose behavior was the exact opposite of loving God and loving people. Their behavior matched the expected behavior of the world… but here’s the thing: we are no longer of the world.
Chapter 2 of iWork4Him shares my testimony of living a bi-furcated life at work from 20 to 40 years old. My mentors taught me that business is business and church is church; they have nothing to do with each other. My behavior matched that training, but IT WAS WRONG TRAINING.
Romans 12:2 says DON’T copy the behavior and customs of this world but let God transform you by CHANGING the way you think. When you change the way you think, you change the way you act. When you change the way you act, the world will be impacted because you will be loving God and loving people. In 2006, when I realized that my behavior matched the customs of this world, I knew I had a problem. How would I ever attract anyone to Jesus if I looked just like any old joe in business?
For the last 16 years, I have been changing. What about you?
As we have talked all month long on this blog, does your life reflect Jesus’s great commandment to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself? Is Romans 12:2 a call to action for you? If your honest answer is “no,” then I want to encourage you to pick up a copy of iWork4Him: Change the Way You Think About Faith and Work. Inside, you will not only find my story, but also the stories of many other believers just like you who went through the process of having their mindset transformed.
Remember that you are a new creation, and everyone around you at work should be BENEFITTING from your faith walk with Jesus whether they know Him or not.
Used with permission from Jim Brangenberg.