|“Be made new in the attitude of your minds.” Ephesians 4:23
Let me begin by asking this question: What is the plumb line of your life? Builders will tell you that when you are involved in a building project you will have to have a plumb line to make sure that the walls of the project stand perfectly straight. It’s a very simple tool (just a string with a pointed weight on the end of it), but it has an incredible influence on the quality of the structure. Without accurate measurements, the project might eventually collapse. When the carpenter is satisfied that the walls are straight and aligned with the standard of the plumb line, he says that they are “true.”
So I ask once again, “What is the plumb line in your life?” God has given us the Bible as a plumb line to help us set things straight and tell us if the structure of our life is true. We can evaluate ourselves, our choices, our decisions, our thoughts, and our actions to see how they align with the truth of God’s Word. Then we have an accurate measurement of what is right and what is not. Many people use the standards of the world to establish their values, but those values are constantly changing.
Ephesians 4:23 says, “Be made new in the attitude of your minds.”. Now this phrase, “Be made new” means to renovate. Renovation is a process that takes time. It is not an instantaneous, single-moment event. It begins with demolition.
God wants to demolish the old lies that have been the standard of your life and that you’ve believed over the years. He wants to demolish the old values and beliefs that have shaped your behavior. That is the first step to being made new – being renovated – in the attitude of your mind.
God will use the power of his Word to begin this remodeling process: “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12)
In a couple of weeks be will begin a new series entitled “Old Life – New Life.” We will be studying the book of Colossians. Take some time to begin reading the wonderful book now.