How does a person change? How does a person live and make decisions? These are big questions for all of us. Psalm 119:9 says this: "How shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed to the Word of God." This is how we change. We have minds, hearts, and wills. God gave us new hearts at our new birth. We are now spiritual. We may not feel like it, or talk like it, but we are spiritual. Christ has been born in us, and the Holy Spirit possesses the governmental power to rule and reign.
By hearing the Word and embracing it, something happens to our hearts. Our hearts are governed by our minds. Conversely our new hearts result in the enlightenment of our minds and our new understanding. Our hearts and minds address our wills. There are people who address the will and tell us what we should do: lose weight, get a better job, go to the gym, take vitamins, stop taking drugs. How does a young man cleanse his way? By the Word. The Bible changes a person because it gets into the heart. The heart is amazing when it moves and governs our lives.
In Romans 6:17, Paul talks of "obeying from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered." This passage reveals the mind, will, and heart at work together. Some of you might feel like bumps on the log spiritually. You might be weary, tired, dull, or indifferent -- this gets into us. Allow me to encourage you. Hear the Word and let the Spirit move you. This happens. It gets in there. Doctrine in the heart, that is. We think about things and then our cups run over and we minister to people. It comes through our smiles, joy, relaxed attitudes; it comes from our hearts. We love each other from the heart. There is an authority we have as the Body of Christ, to forgive, to cover people, to encourage people, to edify them, to speak faith.
Being broken and humble is God’s heart. Being meek and kind is God’s heart. Having a vision is God’s heart. I’m surprised at how obedient I am and how much I enjoy it. We know God looks upon the heart. If God can get a hold of a man’s heart and change it with the mind of Christ informing it, then our wills become powerful forces for the Lord.
If we have God's heart and His Word, we will be changed. His doctrine will be invested in us and direct our wills. We will get our houses in order; we will be loving people. We’ll say to God, "Send me to Baltimore to be a part of the solution." God’s heart has put us here. He cares about the city of Baltimore -- and all the other cities and towns and villages, too. There are dear people who need a chance. God gives us new hearts and minds and we become preachers and leaders and servants. We make an impact on people who make an impact on other people.
We have God’s mind and God’s heart so we now do God’s will.