Marriage and Family
“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.” Romans 12:2
One thing my family really enjoys doing together is having a movie night. Often times, we will get pizza and have dessert while we watch the movie. After our last movie night, we were getting ready for bed, and my younger son came into the room. He said, “Dad, why didn’t the elders show up when those guys said they would? Were they lying?” My son’s question was in reference to the part of the movie when Navy Seals were going to rescue someone and they had told the enemy what he wanted to hear so that he would do what they wanted him to do. This was a hard question for me and I wanted to make sure that I answered it the way God would. I knew that whatever I told my son would mark his thinking for the future.
The scripture above tells us something about what we are supposed to be doing with our thinking. You see, the world has a mold or form (ie. Jello mold), that it wants to pour us into. God tells us not to be poured into their form, but to be transformed. This transformation doesn’t happen on its own. It doesn’t even happen by simply reading this one verse and agreeing with it.
The culture in which we live says, “The Navy Seals weren’t lying, they were doing their job to protect someone.” Culture goes on to say that “lying is OK if it helps someone, including yourself.” Is this what I want my son to learn? That if he can help someone or help himself, it’s OK to lie?
God’s word is the only thing that can transform our minds into what God’s wants them to be. Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” You see, the things we allow our mind and heart to dwell on, that is what we are going to become.
How would you have answered your child? What passage from God’s Word would you have used to help guide your answer?
My encouragement for us this week: Help yourself and Help your Family be transformed by God!
5 Steps You can take to Help Yourself and Help Your Family Be Transformed by God:
- Read God’s Word Out loud together
- Make a Bible Reading Plan for Your Family to Follow daily/weekly
- Pray Together Out loud as a Family
- Listen to God Honoring Music
- Help Your Family Memorize scripture