Spring, this is the time of year we begin to think about spring cleaning our homes, but there is a far more important kind of spring cleaning we can address, the spring cleaning of our minds.
What are you thinking?
Are your thoughts as described in Philippians 4:8? “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.”
Now don’t feel condemned, my mind flashes from one thing to another so fast I feel like the baby whose attention can be easily swayed with the jingling of the car keys. Too many things cry for our attention. One theologian said, “Far too many things attract me, to lead me away, a little worm on the ground, my business, my house, my home, because Earth is near and Heaven is far away.”
The writer of Hebrews understood this as well, he said about the people in the great hall of faith, if they would have been thinking of where they had went out, they would have had opportunity to return, but instead they were thinking of God’s kingdom and were able to be faithful to what they were called to do.
What does this mean “to be thinking of where they went out?” Abraham was called to leave all the earthly things and go to a land that God would show him. God expected him to walk by faith to each place in the land that he was led. Abraham did what God asked him to do proving he was not seeking to go back, but to live as a stranger in exile on this earth. He was looking for a better place which was the kingdom of Heaven.
Before we chose to follow God our old life was one of thinking and doing whatever our minds led us to do, in which we proved we were just like everyone else, without God. When we chose to make Jesus our Savior we had a new spirit put within us that gives us the power to control our minds and actions, proving we are of God’s kingdom, strangers and aliens on this earth.
The hard part is changing the way we think. We have a lifetime of experiences, some good, and some bad that have formed our way of thinking.
How do we know if our thought process is right? Check it against the word of God, find out what God says about it then believe it.
2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
I struggle with believing God really loves me. I know He does, the Bible says He does, but my mind says He does not. I have to daily take that thought captive and say to myself that God loves me even more than I love my own children. I know I want to give my children everything, I don’t want them to have pain, I don’t want them to suffer, I do the best I can to protect them, and if I love them that much how much more does God love me?
What are you thinking?
Father, help us to keep our minds only on you and lead us into all your truth. In the name of Jesus, I pray, amen.