“Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes” (Ephesians 4:23, NLT).
At my small, church-run college, we heard a lot about attitude. Attitude would make all the difference in whether the college experience was enjoyable or miserable. As a freshman, I took that advice to heart and frequently reminded myself to watch my attitude, especially when confronted with new situations. As you might imagine, I didn’t always succeed.
Many attitudes (manner, disposition, tendency or orientation) are learned as children and they become habits of thinking. Unless something or someone draws our attention to these habits, we might not even be aware of them. Of course God the Holy Spirit knows our hearts and if we are tune with him, will not only make us aware of them, but will gently renew our thoughts and attitudes. God renews and refreshes our minds because he loves us. He wants us to see life, ourselves and others from his perspective, to be renewed and joyful. It really does make all the difference.
“May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light” (Colossians 1:11b-12, NLT).
I recently watched a movie about a family fighting over the estate of their deceased grandfather. The heirs were the stereotypical selfish children who cared nothing for him while he was alive. They only showed up at the funeral and reading of the will to get what they thought they were entitled to at his death. They received nothing of course, while the grandson who truly loved him received the fortune.
In Christ, we are sons and daughters too and therefore heirs of the vast fortune of eternal life with Father, Son and Spirit. As it’s not a fortune in the usual sense, we don’t have to worry we won’t get our share and we certainly don’t have to fight over it. We don’t have to earn it, even though many believe it’s not enough simply to be a child of a rich and generous Father. But it is that simple—we are his children, he loves us and he wants to share everything with us, no strings attached. The really beautiful thing is everyone is included in his will. He’s that rich and generous!