Chip Ingram, in his work, True Spirituality, makes this observation of the early church:
The early church that changed the world was marked by two distinct characteristics:
- Radical, self-sacrificing love for one another
- Lifestyles of holiness and moral purity winsomely lived out with no air of self-righteousness or legalism
The question is how did they do it?
When our focus is on our behavior and even on our attitude, one of two things seems to always happen; either we manage to pridefully conform to an external rule, or we become frustrated by our failure and live in defeat and despair.
True spiritual growth, he shares, begins with our thinking, “As a man thinks in his heart so he is.”
So rightfully one might ask, “How do I renew my mind?” The answer of course we all know, “Stop the input of toxins and replace them with the truth of God’s Word, the beauty of God’s creation, and the encouragement of God’s people.” Such simplicity, and yet…