Thursday 26 Apr 2018
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Isaiah 55 : 1-2

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

Renewed in the attitude of the mind-the starting point

“To be made new in the attitude of your minds” - Ephesians 4:23

What can we take away from this passage today? Well one thing that really struck me is that, although as believers we agree that the call to faith demands a change and transformation from us, something which many are willing to do, sadly some of us do not really know what sort of change and which part of our lives these changes ought to start from.

You see a number of us know that we are called to shun the ways of the world and it’s sinful ways, as a result we dive in trying to undo what has been programmed into us from birth and has become deeply embedded in our nature and has come to define who we are in every way. As a result of this, a couple of weeks, months or even years down the road we begin to stumble and falter as we hit obstacles and meet resistance along the way. It gets so bad that we begin to reach certain conclusions that perhaps these changes cannot be made after all. A position which the enemy is always eager to help reinforce.

You see the problem here is that we probably did not fully understand the particular areas in our life that we have been called to make these changes neither do we know in what order. As a result, we jump into the battle with all manner of resolutions while lashing at anything in sight without any game plan or strategy. The result is that what we set out in the first place to change out of this unbridled zeal are actually the outcomes as opposed to the root cause of the problem. What we set out to remove in the our desire to be rid of a troublesome and an unwanted tree, are actually the branches and the leaves as opposed to the root. The truth is as long as the root is in the soil and can still draw nutrients from it, the tree will continue to flourish. 

The quest for meaningful change that does not start with a shift in attitude through the renewal of the mind, such remains a futile venture and the scripture points us to this simple truth.