Jesus tells us in Romans 12, verse 2 that the trick to not looking and acting like the world is to renew our minds. But before we can start renewing our minds one important step is required. Like getting a cool drink of water from a cup filled with old dirty tepid water, we first must empty the cup of the dirty water before there’s room for the good water.
Emptying our minds is hard work because we’re intentionally and purposefully examining and developing a mind set on what’s important, why we’re here, and how and where do we fit in. As smart as we think we are, we really don’t have the full and complete answers to these questions.
And, the exceedingly challenging work is detaching ourselves from making our individual life experiences the sole criterion by which we interact with others and developing a heart after God through the emptying of ourselves and making room for the Holy Spirit to fill us.
The better and more completely we understand the sovereignty and love of the Cup Cleaner and allow our hearts to be emptied of the dirty water, the pride and universally toxic thinking that “I know what’s best for me”, then the filling of our cups with the good water can begin while Satan’s dirty water, his lies, can go down the drain.