This past week we were teaching the kids on the Cat Truck about allowing God to transform our minds. Our verse was Philippians 4:8. “Finally brothers whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” We need to allow God to control our thoughts. Often, it is easy for us to wander off into things that are not of God.
I was telling the kids that our minds are naturally selfish. We were born into sin. David says, “Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me” (Psalm 51:5). You don’t have to teach a kid to disobey their parents, you hear a 2 year old a child is saying “No!” to their parents it is natural for us to hate, or to feel angry. It is natural for us to have selfish desires. It is natural for us to feel sorry for ourselves and not to think of anybody else. We don’t want to sacrifice time for others. Without allowing God to transform our minds, we want our way.
I have been praying to God, that he would transform my mind. Every day before we go on the Cat truck we pray for the kids we are ministering to that day. Without God, they will stay selfish. Without allowing God to transform my mind I will stay selfish. Our thoughts are naturally not God’s thoughts; His thoughts are as high as the heavens are higher than the earth (Isaiah 55:8).
In the life story we taught to the kids, there was a King named Lawrence. King Lawrence had a great kingdom, he loved his Safari animals. He had Zethro the Zebra, Henry the Hyena, Linda the Lion, Mike the Monkey, and Gary the Giraffe. Gary thought he was better than all the other animals. He was selfish, hated all the other animals, and even felt sorry for himself when he couldn’t go on a special trip with King Lawrence and all the other animals. Then he got angry again, he was so full of himself.
We teach these life stories to help the kids better understand what we are talking about, when we ask God to transform our minds. The kids first need to be saved. If they don’t have Jesus in their lives, their thoughts cannot be transformed. Help us Lord, to think on things that are praiseworthy and excellent!
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