How you think represents WHO you live for.
Have you ever met someone who is just plain stubborn? Someone who, once they decide something, won’t change their mind no matter what? Even if proof is presented to them that they or their method isn’t the best, they still want to do things their way. And even when they see the result of their actions, when the same situation arises again, they use the same approach, hoping for different results. Have you ever found yourself being stubborn like this?
A life apart from Jesus can feel the same way. It can feel like banging your head against the wall over and over, but hoping each time it won’t hurt. The Bible even talks about this. In the book of Ephesians, Paul shares some instruction and insight into a life of stubbornness.
With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. – Ephesians 4:17-18
When we close our minds and harden our hearts toward God, what happens? We become hopelessly confused. We do whatever we feel like, and even when we face the consequences, we don’t change. And when the same situation arises again, we act the same way. When we rely on our own default, instead of looking to God, we act stubborn. When we deny our default and look to Jesus, we find wisdom and direction. If you feel like you are doing the same thing over and over again hoping for different results, commit today to turning to Jesus for direction, and get ready to experience a breakthrough!