Blueprint Truth #4
WE MUST BE TRANSFORMED TO BE HOLY
I urge you therefore, brethren by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not beconformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
- Romans 12:1-2
As a person, we are body, soul and spirit. Our bodies are an important part of “walking out” our faith, in holiness. Romans 12:1-2 says, “I urge you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Our mind is a key part of us, and what a person thinks about and dwells on, impacts their behavior. In other words, we walk out our thoughts and beliefs and this is why being transformed in our mind is necessary for holiness. Philippians 4:8 tells us what our mind should dwell on, “Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” So, in order to be holy, we must first dwell on the Word of God because it is all of the above and more. Psalm 119:9-11 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Thy word. With all my heart I have sought Thee; do not let me wander from thy commandments. Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee.” This verse shows us that our mind and heart function together, and the combination is key to being transformed.
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The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth.” The book of Timothy contrasts those who know the Word of God with those who don’t. 2 Timothy 3:2-4 says, “For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” Wow, that is a list! How would you like someone to describe your child that way? Clearly not. Then, Paul reminds Timothy of the prescription against these in 2 Timothy 3:14-17 when he says, “You however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of knowing from whom you have learned them; and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man (or woman) of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” I encourage you to make sure you have a Bible at home that your kids can relate to. They are not too young to understand the Word of God on their own if they have given their heart to Christ and have the Holy Spirit living inside of them to guide them. In fact, at this age they are great at memorizing Scripture—so begin that today! If you are going to give your kids allowance (not everyone does), give them perks for learning Scripture. When I was home schooling, I used to give the kids mommy money and daddy dollars which they could exchange for toys or time with mom and dad. Our kids also did other Bible memory programs helped them hide God’s word in their hearts and minds. Any plan for scripture memory and learning like this helps and of course Bible truths put to music are always a hit!