Sunday, February 25
"And because they did not think it worthwhile to acknowledge God, God delivered them over to a worthless mind to do what is morally wrong."
There is an old Christian maxim in historical theology that reveals the relationship between worship, belief, and lifestyle: “lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi.” Simply, it means the way we worship is the way we believe, which is the way we live. What and how we worship determines what we believe about God and His truth, and that will determine the way we act. If we acknowledge God as GOD, that will ultimately direct our thoughts and actions. At the same time, if we choose to not acknowledge God, that will lead us down a totally different path.
In his letter to the Romans, Paul makes this reality extremely clear: those who chose to not acknowledge God as GOD were allowed, by God, to continue down that path to its natural destructive end. We often focus on the “end” or the actual acts that are morally wrong, but we miss the fact that the moral depravity is a result of a mind that is out of alignment with the truth of who God is and who we are in relation to Him.
Throughout Scripture, we see many encouragements to have a mind that is set on things above - to think about what is true, lovely, and honorable. We see all of the advantages to having a mind that is in proper alignment with God’s will. But in Romans 1:28, we see a sobering and scary reminder of where our minds can end up, and the resulting corrupt lifestyle, if we get to a place where we don’t acknowledge God as GOD - where we don’t allow that truth to be at the foundation of who we are, guiding everything we do.
As we seek to have our minds renewed, we must take seriously the need to protect our mind by acknowledging God’s authority over our life. We won’t always get everything right, but when we start from a position of humility, acknowledging God as GOD, we are laying the foundation which our whole life, our thoughts and actions, will be built upon.
God, You alone are God, and I recognize that You have authority over my life. Help me remain humbly focused on You so I will be all You have created me to be.
- Pastor Jeff