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A Mind Changing “Walk & Talk”

If you are following the news on Syria, you are probably aware that the President had a significant “change of mind” on Friday. Until Friday, President Obama seemed to be on an unchangeable path toward military conflict in Syria. Then, after a stroll on the South Lawn with his Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough, the President changed his mind. He reversed his previous statements about going into Syria without congressional backing and decided to put the decision to a vote.

No matter where your political loyalties reside, his decision may have left you scratching your head and wondering, “What did this adviser say that made the leader of the free world change, his mind? Perhaps their conversation will be made public one day. Perhaps, by the time I write this, it already has. Nevertheless, I can’t help but wonder if most of us would be willing to change our firm positions based on the counsel of a trusted adviser.

Often times, leaders are too stubborn to listen to trusted advisers. I imagine that Pilate wishes he had listened to his wife’s words of wisdom when she told him not to have anything to do with punishing Jesus  (Matthew 27:19). I imagine that Felix, Festus, and Agrippa wish that they had listened to the wise counsel that Paul gave about righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come (Acts 24-26). David was wise to follow Nathan’s sound counsel about his abuse of power (2 Samuel 12:6-8).

I can’t say whether the President was right to change his mind or not. But I am interested to know, what would an adviser have to say to you to get you to correct your course? What about “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38)? Each of us has received wise counsel from the only adviser who is never wrong. Will you consider the evidence given in scripture? Won’t you be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2)? Perhaps a walk and talk with Jesus is in order. Just a thought…hopefully, a mind-changing one!


Amputee Gets Brain Transplant?

Brain transplant? Seriously? Well, not quite yet. But a recent story about an amazing development through Johns Hopkins got me thinking about it. 26-year-old, Sgt. Brendan Marrocco, made history by having the first successful double arm transplant in history! Sgt. Marrocco’s arms and legs had been blown off in a roadside bomb in Iraq. Incredibly, he is now making history with real, human arms from an anonymous donor who had offered his body for use upon his death.

Attaching the donor’s arms to a new body was very complicated! The bones were attached, then the muscles, the tendons, the blood vessels, arteries and veins. But that isn’t enough. The body is smart – too smart. It recognizes that those arms don’t belong to it. In order to prevent the body from attacking the new appendages with anti-bodies, they introduced a sneaky solution. They took bone marrow cells from the donor’s spine and injected them into Marrocco, fooling his body into thinking the arms were his!

As difficult as that surgery is, God’s children face far more difficult transplants. First, God promises to give “a new heart and a new spirit” (Ezekiel 36:26). Then comes a real challenge, a transplanted mind! It is for those who turn away from a life dedicated to sin, amputate the old mind, and adopt a new life dedicated to righteousness. Paul writes that “we have the mind of Christ” (2 Corinthians 2:16).

Was Paul proposing something like a brain transplant? Is it possible to replace my thoughts with Christ’s so drastically that His mind is in my head? Something along these lines happens when a believer submits in baptism to His death, burial, and resurrection. The problem? From day one, the old, sinful self, starts rejecting the “Christ-mind.” The solution? Inject some of him daily: His words, His life, & His teaching. Grow in such a way that your body thinks His mind is yours. You will be even more thrilled with the result than Marrocco is with his new arms!