When I was a little guy, I’d come in from playing rough-'n-tumble with the guys; Mom would send me to the bath. I'd run the water, sit on the edge of the bathtub, wet the end of the washcloth, and clean a little spot right in the middle of my forehead. I could then announce with a clear conscience that I'd washed. Mom would say, "Get real!"
Reality says that if you are not 100% clean you are still dirty. In a spiritual sense you are never clean, simply by quitting one or two bad habits and going to church; that is reformation. If you get rid of all the bad habits, go to church all the time, go on mission trips, sing in the choir and give all your money – that is incredible reformation. And it still isn't enough; in fact, it's not even what God wants, or what He requires! God requires a transformation. Your heart must change before your actions mean anything!
How do you do that? How do you change? YOU don't! Christ does it in you!
There is a principle of love that says you love what the one you love loves. Paul says to get rid of all that shopping-list of bad things, but our problem is that we love those things; we have a base nature that tends to get worse, not better.
The only way to get rid of all those bad things is to love the opposite.
When you begin to place your heart’s affection on Christ, the one Who died for you, your desire for the baser things in life will begin to grow strangely dim.
Where will your mind dwell today, earth….or heaven?