You may have authentic faith if… you think with a transformed mind and respect authority (Romans 12:1,2; 13:1–7).
Welcome to Day Two of our series of “You may have authentic faith if …” Today, I will talk about the transforming of your mind and heart and the respect of authority. The first 11 chapters of Romans show God’s compassion up close and personal.
THINK WITH A TRANSFORMED MIND
Starting in chapter 12, Paul urged us to offer or present our body as a living sacrifice. Not the kind of sacrifices we read in the Old Testament, but as a temple of the Holy Spirit, and totally representing our lives and activities dedicated to God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To sum up Romans 12:1, as believers, we are to offer our total life as a sacrifice to God as a sacred service. Our offering is holy meaning set apart, pleasing to God, and desirable response to all believers.
I wrote an entire article on transforming your mind and heart, referencing Romans 12:2. I welcome you to CLICK HERE to read about ways to not conform to the world but transformed by renewing your mind and heart.
Now, we will shift our lesson to Romans 13:1-7. When Paul wrote his letter to the Roman church, the Romans ruled the earth during the first century. He warned them to submit to governing or higher authority. If not, then severe punishment came their way. Some choose to turn from God under pressure, greed, and selfish ambitions. Some of the rulers will stay the course and keep their eyes focused on being lead, guided, and directed by God.
My feeling on this passage, yes, we need to submit to authority, but not at the risk of disobeying God. I am not saying not to respect and submit to authority, but it should line up biblically. Not stating that Paul is right or wrong because I firmly believe the Bible is inerrant and breathed out by God (2 Timothy 3:16). Jesus said to give what belongs to the government and give what belongs to God (Mark 12:17).
Therefore, what we need to do is pray for our leaders and people placed in positions of authority. We can use Romans 12:2 as a starting point for our prayer that our leaders do not conform to the world, but transformed by the renewing of their minds and hearts into godly thinking, and do what is right in the eyes of God. To show authentic faith, make the transition from worldly to godly thinking, Amen!
I am Dale Van De Bogart and I approve of this message!
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