“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 ESV)
It’s easy to stand for the public opinion, and on the other hand it’s very difficult to hold on to your own opinion when the others pressure you to think differently.
A Roman prefect Pontius Pilate was in charge of the court when people wanted to judge Jesus. Pilate couldn’t find any reason why Jesus should have been sentenced to death. As a matter of fact, he wanted to release Jesus, as the gospel of Luke tells us (Luke 23:20).
However, the pressure from the big crowd made Pilate change his mind. He gave in, and did as the world wanted. This is a warning for us. History has shown us many examples when the majority has been wrong.
A good example from the close history is the Nazi Germany. During the World War Two the common opinion in Germany was that people have different value. But even if the whole nation would had the mindset that the Jews have lower value, they would all have been wrong.
The majority, or it’s pressure, can’t make things become right or wrong. Only God can be a judge of that. This is why we need to seek what the will of God is and renew our minds accordingly with the will of God.
Jesus Christ is just and He will deliver justice in the Last Judgement. That’s why it’s better already now to renew our minds according to God’s will, follow the teachings of the Bible and serve our neighbors in love.
Without the power of the Holy Spirit we can never bend our minds to God’s will, but the powers and dominions of the world bend it to the world’s will.
In the Holy Spirit, however, we have a chance to act otherwise. The chiefs of the Israel’s 12 tribes went to explore the promised land God had already told about and said that it’s a good land and reserved for the Israelites. But out of the 12 spies only two, Caleb and Joshua, saw that with God’s help the land could be occupied.
The explorers of the ten other tribes brought depressing news, and persuaded the whole nation to think like them, and not the way God wanted them to think.
They described how strong the nations were, and how high the walls were in the promised land: Quite impossible challenges.
God got angry at this state of mind and attitude of hearts to such an extent that He was ready to destroy the whole nation, because their mind were control of unbelief, not by faith. Only Moses’ prayer saved the nation from destruction.
However, Joshua and Caleb kept their minds in God’s will. They wanted to renew their minds to become obedient to the Holy Spirit. That is why their stories about the promised land were different.
Caleb said: ”Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it” (Numbers 13:30 ESV).
Caleb and Joshua’s minds were aligned with the Holy Spirit.
You surely want to renew your mind to the same wavelength as the Spirit of the Lord?
And what does the renewing of the mind mean to you today? It could mean, for example, that you don’t look at the problem, but you look at Him who can solve the problem.
Don’t listen to the public opinion, but listen to the opinion of God. Don’t let your thoughts line up with the way the world thinks, but line up with the way God thinks. Find out today from the Bible what God’s will is, and do accordingly, and you shall be victorious!
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