Hello, this is Pastor Don Willeman of Christ Redeemer Church. Welcome to a special-edition series of The Kingdom Perspective.
How should the coronavirus affect the way we think as Christians?
We should be all the more determined to be driven by truth and not mere emotions.
One of the primary commands of the Christian life is Romans 12:2 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” (Romans 12:2).
So much of the Christian life is a war that is waged from the neck up—a fight for the ideas that drive our deepest thoughts. The Scriptures command us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
Now, winning this battle is more easily said than done. It doesn’t just happen with the flip of a switch. Rather, it requires the nurture of a whole new way of thinking and living. It is a day by day fight—a moment by moment discipline to reprogram the thoughts and intentions of our hearts according to the Word of God.
The wise old saying goes:
“Sow a thought and you reap an act; sow an action and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Said another way, you practice what you ponder, and then you perfect what you practice.
Now, this path goes both ways—one way to death and other to life. And God promises that those who drive their thoughts toward the truth of the Gospel will be transformed into the character of Christ, which is the way of life.
Something to think about from The Kingdom Perspective.