Changing My Way Of Thinking
Read 2 Corinthians Chapter 5
2Co 5:15 And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again. 16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.
Have you noticed that Christians view the world differently than unbelievers? We should have a 180 degree difference in how we see things. Paul made that point in these verses. Jesus came into the world to turn it upside down and did a very good job in accomplishing that feat.
There are many ways that we live differently and think differently than the rest of the world. Verse 15 is one major example. The world at large generally speaking lives for themselves. Most people spend their day attempting to make their personal circumstances more comfortable. They want to earn more so that they can buy more. They want to have more time for recreational activities, spend more time doing things they enjoy and less time involving themselves in difficult tasks. Most of the world never gives a thought to the directive in verse 15
Christ died so that we who live and believe in Him no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them. That’s a foreign idea to most people. The sad thing we see happening in Christendom is that many who claim to know and follow Christ live for themselves too. It should not be. We are called upon to put aside our desire to live for our own interests, and look at our lives from an entirely different perspective. We are to spend our lives living for Jesus, not for ourselves.
This is a difficult task. One of the basic dynamics of our same-sex attraction is that we want something for ourselves, and that desire seems to occupy the majority of our time and thoughts. When we truly think about our same-sex attractions, we are forced to admit that its desire is for us. We want satisfaction in the realm of sexuality. There is nothing about SSA that has any bearing on living for Christ or living for others as a way of serving Him. Homosexuality is a selfish desire. Heterosexuality can be that too, so our counterparts aren’t off the hook here either.
The question we must ask ourselves, not only in regard to SSA, but every other aspect of life, is this. How can I live my life in such a way that it serves the cause of Christ and His kingdom? What am I doing today which contributes to that goal? Our main goal in life is to please Him, nothing else. In the course of living for Him, we will find that blessings come our way. If we live for Him, all other things that we need will be provided. Remember this verse?
Mt 6:31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
This principle from our Lord applies to much more than just what we will eat or drink. It fully applies to all our needs. We don’t need homosexual behaviors. We need godly, pure, male and female friendships and fellowship, but we don’t need sex. Sex is one of those extras in life which are great if performed in complete obedience to God’s precepts. But it is certainly not something we need when performed in disobedience to God’s word.
We have a different view of this life and this world. If our viewpoint agrees with the world in any way whatsoever, we most likely have gotten away from God’s ways and will. Verse 16 is great! “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.” In effect, every aspect of our thinking should be the same as God’s way of thinking. I’m still working on that and still have a way to go.
Prayer: Lord, I confess that I still think from a worldly viewpoint quite often. I thank You because You have shown me many ways to improve my walk in that regard. Continue to guide me so that I will think more like You and less like me and the world.