Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Mind of Christ

Colossians 3.1-17 - I have not been living this (as evidenced by people at work, things I spend my time doing, how I answer my roommate, etc):

Put On the New Self
3:1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: [2] sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. [3] 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self [4] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Father - make this real in my life. Make me dwell on you - not on everything that comes across ESPN. Not that I can't watch that stuff, it is not bad, but once it becomes the IMPORT then we have a problem. I want the stuff to come out of my mouth, not just be show, but be what is really in my heart.
As Rach has said: Think Rightly. The way I ought to think is by having the mind of Christ. That is done by dwelling on the Word! Not on People Magazine, ESPN, etc. But, on the Word and other Christian writings...

Thank you for conviction - even this morning as I was dwelling on my relationship with my roommate...

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