I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of thoughts that run through my mind right at the start of the morning and then they keep going a mile a minute as the day is in full swing. A verse that helps me refocus my thoughts is in 2 Corinthians 10:5b ESV “…and take every thought captive to obey Christ.”
Captive? Obedience? Christ? What does that have to do with thinking? Can’t we as Christians just think and just chill with our thoughts? It’s just thoughts anyways…it’s not like it’s harmful to think things? Well, since the Fall, we are born into sin. Apart from being born again (see John 3), we are not just bent towards inward defilement, that’s who we are. It looks different for different people, but we are naturally predisposed to choose sin rather than righteousness. Mark 7: 21 & 22 focus in on what’s in man: “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
Going back to “taking thoughts captive to obey Christ” 1 Peter 2: 21-25 ESV “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”
Our Mediator, Jesus Christ, knows we need him. As God’s children we need help now, yesterday (if there is unconfessed sin), later on tonight, into the late evening, and waking up to a new morning. He knows what we want to think and do eventually. So, if you are not so thrilled with your thinking today, be encouraged: Psalm 27: 14 ESV “Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!” Our perfect substitute, mediator, high priest, intercessor is ready to help us because God says so: 1 John 1: 9 ESV “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Let’s look to Jesus together today as our great example of how to “be” today and each day given to us.
Proverbs 27: 17 ESV “Iron sharpens iron; and one man sharpens another.”