“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2)
Everything alive is either growing or dying physically, right?
Likewise, we follow a spiritual cycle of “life unto life” or “death unto death” (2 Corinthians 2:16). So which way are you going?
By the time the average American child reaches 14, he or she will have witnessed the violent simulated deaths of more than 13,000 human beings. Pediatrician Donald Shifrin, a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics, warns that young people will gain weight, smoke, be agressive, and indulge in risky sexual behaviors from seeing years of the media glorifying junk food, cigarettes, violence, and teenage sex.
The Bible says there are two options: being comformed to this world (spiritual death, which will someday lead to eternal death) or being transformed by the renewing of our minds (spiritual life, which will someday lead to eternal life). Our direction is determined by what we behold – the things we put in our minds through our five senses. This isn’t just a religious doctrine; it’s real science.
How does what I look at change me?
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Our minds are something like a photographic plate that absorbs the image we focus on. But more than that, we actually become like what we look at. We see this principle at work in many newborn or newly hatched creatures. It’s called behavioral imprinting. This phenomenal dynamic takes plave when a new offspring bonds with the first animal it sees when it looks around. This process helps to ensure that the young will not become separated from their parents, they start to become like them. For example, baby ducks on a farm will bond with and follow around a family dog if they do not see their real mother when they hatch. Instead of doing duck things, they’ll try to be more like a dog.
King David said that those who worship idols become like what they worship. “Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them” (Psalm 135:18). To understand why we are like this, we must first understand how God originally designed us. God’s first purpose in creating people was to pour out His love. “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Unlike He did with the other creatures, He created humans in His image (Genesis 1:27). We have the ability to enjoy intimate, intelligent fellowship with Him.