By Carey Helmink
As you know, my purpose in spending these moments with you every few weeks is to drag you into whatever I’m learning. If you have been around me long enough, you should be aware of some of my “issues” by now because they just keep coming up. I am apparently a very slow learner.
I must admit I didn’t track down the source of this quote, but I’m 90% sure it was from John Piper. He says that we spend way too much time
“listening to ourselves when we should be talking to ourselves.”
I love that quote because it is such a great reminder that controlling my thoughts is an active process. I have gotten better at this over the years, but it is so easy to slip back into just letting my thoughts rule the day instead of letting my thoughts be ruled by God’s word and the Spirit’s influence.
I understand that I can do nothing on my own to become a child of God. That is freely offered and freely received. But having control over my thought life and my actions requires something of me. In fact, some days it almost requires more vigilance than I feel I can muster. The constant presence of technology, the political climate, materialism–we are bombarded from the moment we wake up until we hit the pillow at night.
In I Corinthians 2:2, Paul says, “For I am determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”
The singular thought in his mind was Jesus. But he chose it (for I am determined), and because he was human, he had to continue to choose it.
Our theme in Equip Her this year is “Awake,” and I think one of the ways we stay “awake” is by refocusing our minds on Jesus–frequently, intentionally, and with determination.
In Colossians 3:11, Paul says, “Christ is all that matters . . . ”
I don’t always live like that, but I want to, and I know that many of you do too. As you walk out your days here on earth, I would invite you to engage your mind with determination. We cannot fully love Christ unless we know him, and an engaged mind is a critical part of that process.
“For this cause I live.
For this cause I’d die.
I surrender all for the cause of Christ.
All I once held dear I will leave behind.
For my joy is this, oh the cause of Christ.”The Cause of Christ/Kari Jobe, Bryan Fowler, Benjamin Hastings