Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thoughts are powerful things. They define our being and are revealed by our actions. It is our beliefs (thoughts) that determine our values, which in turn form the framework for our actions. Living in Kingdom authority requires that we have a transformed mind: we must think Kingdom thoughts, viewing situations from a Kingdom perspective. This mindset produces faith to demonstrate the power of our King!
The importance of this changed thinking is so crucial, Jesus proclaimed it in his first message: “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Mt 4:17). The Greek for repent is “metanoeó” and means “to think differently afterwards.” Jesus first message was to think differently because the rule or dominion of heaven was at hand! Just as in His day, we should think differently because we are Kingdom representatives!
Paul’s writing to the church at Rome gives us further insight into the necessity of a mind that is changed. In Romans 12:2 he states: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,…” What does he mean by conformed? According to Strong’s, “conformed” means: “to conform one’s self (i.e. one’s mind and character) to another’s pattern, (fashion one’s self according to).” So, conforming to the world means pattering our thoughts and character after the worlds. It is being of like mind with the beliefs and values of the world. In short, it is thinking like the world.
In contrast, Paul states that we are to have a transformed mind. The Greek used for “transformed” is “metamorphoó” and means “to change into another form, to transfigure.” Another way to view it is as a change of nature. Paul tells us that there is to be a change of our form or nature by the renewal of our minds. It is from a changed nature we derive a different set of beliefs and values, which in turn, produce different actions: In this case, Kingdom demonstration.
Paul further elaborates as to the purpose of a transformed mind: “that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:2). The transformed mind sees the reality of each situation in context of God’s design. It understands they are placed here to demonstrate the will of God, living life from heaven toward the earth.
We are not to just believe the will of God, we are to put the will of God on display so others will see and recognize him! This demonstration brings the reality of heaven crashing into the strongholds of this world! We prove that there is something greater!
So, I encourage us all to evaluate if we are living in our right mind!For information on Kingdom Thinking, see Chapter 6 Living in Kingdom Authority, Developing Kingdom Thinking
I ran across an interesting article that contrasts a Kingdom mindset verses a religious (church) mindset. The following list is adapted from “Contrasting a Kingdom Mindset with a Church Mindset.*” I have substituted “religious” with “church” because it is more of an organized religious mindset that battles against the Kingdom. I understand there are assemblies who are very Kingdom focused.
1. A kingdom mindset releases all saints as ministers in the marketplace. A religious mindset merely trains people to serve in a church building on Sundays.
2. A kingdom mindset creates wealth to transform a community and nation. A religious mindset motivates giving to build our own church programs.
3. A kingdom mindset is a holistic approach that integrates the gospel with politics, economics, and public policy. A religious mindset insulates the gospel from politics and public policy.
4. A kingdom mindset views the Bible as a blueprint to structure every aspect of society. A religious mindset views the Bible merely as a pietistic book that enables us to escape the world, enter heaven, and be spiritual.
5. With a kingdom mindset churches embrace and love their surrounding unchurched communities. With a religious mindset churches only embrace converted individuals within their faith communities.
6. A kingdom mindset trains people for all of life. A religious mindset trains people only for church life.
7. A kingdom mindset nurtures leaders who are world changers and “cultural creatives” who articulate truth to society. A religious mindset nurtures leaders who speak religious language relevant only to church people.
8. A kingdom mindset speaks of the rule of God over the entire created order. A religious mindset speaks of the rule of God through deacons and elders over those in a church congregation.
9. With a kingdom mindset pastors release their people to their vocational callings in the marketplace. A religious mindset controls people by marginalizing their marketplace callings and emphasizing only their Sunday ministries.
10. A kingdom mindset applies a Spirit-empowered approach to the natural world. A religious mindset involves a spirituality that separates from the natural world.
11. Those with a kingdom mindset are working toward a renaissance of Christendom. Those with a religious mindset merely strive for a particular expression (denomination) of Christianity.
12. Churches with a kingdom mindset equip 100% of the saints to fill up all things in every realm of life (Ephesians 4:10-12). Those with a religious mindset have as their primary goal to equip the 2-3% of the congregation called to be full-time church pastors, ministers, and missionaries.
*Disclaimer: Publication on this site does not necessarily indicate endorsement of all statements or doctrinal beliefs.
Dr Martin lives in St Louis MO, with his wife Ava and their dog Zoe. His ministry is to assist church leadership in developing membership ministry involvement and growth. The focus is on teaching and empowering the body of Christ to demonstrate the power of His kingdom in tangible daily life. The results: increased faith and the potential for greater revival and harvest. He is available to speak to your local assembly, organization or ministry.