Thursday, June 2, 2016

Romans 12:16

Romans 12:16

“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind in high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”

            The mind is a very intriguing topic to me as of late. 1st Corinthians 2:16 states “For “Who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.” There is only one mind we should have toward one another. If we wish to walk in unity we must first renew our minds to be one with Christ. God speaks to us when we have the same mind as Jesus, and when we see the world as He would have. This is the beginning of discipleship, to become more like our ultimate master. God’s redemption for us involves us becoming like Him here and now.
            The mind and the heart make up the human soul, and what ever consumes the mind will eventually consume the heart. The mind is where thoughts and philosophies are created and the heart is where they are made into our will. So if we fill our minds with the Word (aka Jesus according to John 1) we will eventually have the heart of Jesus. His law will become our lifestyle and we will be like Him, perfect, lacking nothing. What an amazing God of redemption we serve.
            To associate with the humble is to associate with Christ like people, humility isn’t a part of human nature or the human condition of darkness. We are called to be humble as Christ was humbled so that we might not serve ourselves. Pride is always self-serving, and consistently results in sin.
            The best way for me to stay humble is to allow others to judge me, and not to ever become the only one who keeps myself accountable. I must not ever allow myself to become wise in my own eyes. A sober mind realizes that God Is the only one wise, and he judges all men. Job knew this all to well in chapter 40:2-4 when God displayed just how little man can know, and how vast our God is.
             Proverbs 18:1 says “A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; he rages against all wise judgment.” We are focusing on unity this week and isolation is obviously the opposite of this theme. So learning that seeking our own desire is the beginning of isolation, we should be on the look out for selfish desires that would divide us from all wise judgment. Even today we learned that desire is dangerous to the believer and that our antidote is to delight in the will of the Lord. The will of the lord is that we make our desire the desires of others. In this unity is formed.

            God thank your for this scripture so rich in practicality. Please help me keep it on my mind as trials and testing come, that I might stand strong in the hour of temptation. Give me your wisdom; give me your desires, in your name amen.

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