Whose mind do you have? The scriptures tell us that we have the mind of Christ. But if you’re anything like me, you’ve thought: how could I have the mind of Christ if I think thoughts filled with sexual desire, hate, regret, shame, murder, gossip, slander and a host of other things on any given day?
I’ve spent countless mornings imagining my best life, perfect body and desired bank account, to then realize that I’m running late for work! I’ve found myself replaying an incident or two where I was blood gushing heartbroken or mood shifting disappointed about something they did to me… how could they? Don’t they love me? And I’ve also found myself checking a guy or two out when on the noisy train commute, envisioning a whole scenario where he would ask for my number and sweep me off my feet during our first conversation. Then we’d go on a romantic get away this weekend and watch fireworks after our swim on the lake. I’m sure you can somehow relate.
It occurred often times that I would be embarrassed to ask the Lord for forgiveness and to keep my mind on Him, AGAIN! I’ve questioned myself and wondered if I’m really a Christian, and I’ve even went as far as condemning myself for falling so far off at times.
The scriptures tell us that we have the mind of Christ, but what is the mind of Christ? The Holy Spirit indwells us, so He gives us the mind of Christ. The mind of Christ is to have access to the better things in God: wisdom, power of God and fruit of the Spirit. The prophets told us to keep our minds on God which means that it’s possible and accessible to us, through self discipline and intention. The lord tells us to focus on the praise worthy and the honorable things, because we can. Jesus says put on love and remove anger, gossip and bitterness from your lives, only because we can. Elijah was a man like us. He had similar passions but he too struggled with his heart and thought life. He went into isolation and depression and the Lord visited him a few times before he got up again. It’s okay to struggle, but it’s not okay to beat ourselves up or condemn ourselves for being human. We must learn to redirect our thoughts and seek God to empower us as we renew our minds and move forward.
Remember: We are new creatures in Christ, not robots or statues. We are holy, because we are set apart for God but we are not perfect; we are born again.
Lord Jesus help your servants release themselves from condemnation, shame and guilt. You love us beyond what we can imagine. Help us to receive your love despite of how we think or behave. Thank you for your unconditional love. Please reveal your healing and life giving love to us, in Jesus name, Amen.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.