Mandy's Musings

Saturday, September 29, 2007

What's on your mind?

I've been thinking a lot recently about what it is that we think about, day dream about, get anxious about. What is it that our minds are fixed upon? As Christians, it is easy to know that there are things that are unhelpful, things that distract us from the truth, yet it is not as simple as not thinking about them. Instead, we need to put something else in their place.

I was reminded of this as I looked at Colossians this past week. I love Chapter 3 and the picture of Christians putting off the things of the world and putting on godliness. And how can we do this? The opening verses of the chapter set it up: '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.'

Notice that we are not just told to stop doing the things of this world FULL STOP and nothing else. Rather, we are told to replace these filthy rags with the clothing of Christ, the righteousness found in him and behaviour fitting of him. And it is by filling ourself with God's words that we can do this.

I'll ask of you the questions I've been asking of myself:
So what's on your mind? Are you fixing your eyes on Jesus or the things of this world? Are you feeding on God's word so that the cares and concerns of this world can be placed into proper perspective?

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