Mind Your Mind
In 1 Corinthians 4 Paul is gently, or not so gently, confronting the Corinthians about their bad attitude about him. He says something that I find a little scary and yet I know that it is true. Here is what he writes: 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Most of us are pretty good at hiding things. We can say one thing but really mean another. Or we can hide our true feelings about someone or something. But God is not fooled. We can fool one another but we can’t fool God. There is nothing that we have ever thought that God doesn’t know…nothing is left “unspoken” as it relates to Him. God can take the things that are in the dark and bring them to light. I think this is one reason why Paul exhorts us to “bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Our minds are amazing creations and yet they can get us into incredible trouble. All sin begins in the mind. We use our minds to consider sin and to calculate what we think will be the cost of sin. Our minds are really the “business” end of our lives. It’s a little scary to know that God knows our thoughts. But it is also comforting to know that God knows our thoughts. On the positive side, it is comforting to know that God knows all of my business and God is there to meet my needs when no one else knows what that need is…even when I don’t know what that need is.
Guard your mind. Guard what enters it. Guard where you allow your mind to wander. Mind your mind.