Let’s spend a few minutes thinking about what we’re thinking about.
What’s on your mind? Is it a what or a where or a who or a how or a when or a why? Our thoughts are consumed by many things. We think about:
What if’s and what now’s…
Where am I supposed to be, what do I need to take, how am I getting there, what am I supposed to wear, who will be there, how will I be treated, what will I be expected to say or do, how will I feel?
Who is hurting and how can I help?
How am I going to make it, pay for it, get it all done, endure through or cope?
When do I need to leave to get to the next thing and when can I catch my breath?
And then there are all the why’s.
So, with all that in mind, what’s on your mind?
As Christians we are to have the mind of Christ. Paul says in Philippians 2:5,
“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.”
The mind of Christ is a mindset. Paul says in Colossians 3:1-4,
“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
We set our minds on the things that are above by saturating our lives with the Scriptures and getting a God’s-eye view of what’s happening in the here and now on earth. Those who focus exclusively on the temporal and lose sight of the eternal are paralyzed. Paul says in Philippians 3:18-20,
“Many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
So, today, let your mind be set on Christ. Intentionally dwell on Christ today – in all His fullness.
Let your mind wander to the Kingdom of Heaven. Mull over the mystery of being content in all circumstances here and now.
Consider the reality of who God is and the profound grace it is to know Him. Fill your mind with good things. Feast on His Word.
We are deployed every day into the wildness of a world that is alienated from God. The who, what, when, where, how and why of the world can consume us. But in the midst of it all, we are sent to serve as the very ambassadors of the Kingdom of God, full of grace and truth. We are to bring the mind of Christ to bear on the matters of the day in a way that people can see and hear and be drawn to God. How can we hope to do that if we do not cultivate the mind of Christ?