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“Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’” (Matthew 22:37)
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7, NKJV)
My car radio automatically searches for a station when one is not designated. I was astounded when I heard this station’s commercial: “The kind of radio that makes you think less…and learn more.”
What if Christians were to adopt this mantra of “think less and learn more?” The effects of this would be quite dangerous, because the Bible repeatedly admonishes us to be thinking people. In the letter to the Philippians, the Apostle Paul has a long list of what we are to think about: things that are true, honorable, just, pure, commendable, excellent and praiseworthy.
In The Message, Eugene Peterson paraphrases just how God wants to use the minds of committed Christ followers:
We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Our minds are renewed as we submit to the Holy Spirit’s work through what we learn in scripture, through our loving obedience to the Heavenly Father, and to increasing daily focus on the things of God.
Christians who grow are those who think more, not less.
Lord, reveal to me any areas in my life where I have not been thinking purely. Help me to think and dwell on things that are only true, honorable, just, pure, commendable, excellent and praiseworthy. Amen
Question: In which area of your life could your mind be renewed?