What do you think? “Thinking” can get us into all sorts of trouble. We can “think” and analyze things so much we create an entirely different reality than the one which exists. At those times I say, “Me thinks me/you think too much!” I know that is poor grammar but it encapsulates the point I want to make that we can “think” our way into trouble. Sometimes by “thinking” too much we pervert the actual situation, skewing our perception, leaving us with a reality not even close to truth. Thinking gets us in trouble when we spend our time thinking carnally rather than spiritually, being directed by facts instead of truth.
The truth is we are spiritual beings – the fact is we often forget this and live as natural beings letting our minds direct us wherever they may lead. As spiritual beings we allow the Spirit of God to lead our thoughts and direct our minds. We choose to follow Holy Spirit and refuse to allow our minds to wander and think too much about earthly things.
Matthew 16:23 says “Jesus turned to Peter and said, ‘Get behind Me Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not MINDFUL of the things of God but the things of men.”
Jesus uses the Greek word “phroneo” here, vehemently rebuking Peter because he was striving to please man rather than being intent on promoting the will of God. Peter’s mind was directed toward the wrong thing. We must be cognizant to direct our minds toward Godly things.
In Romans 8:5-7 we see the same Greek word used for “minds” and “minded”: “For those who live according to the flesh set their MINDS on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally MINDED is death but to be spiritually MINDED is life and peace.”
When we set our minds on the flesh we pursue those things which gratify our desires, thinking only about those things which please us. Paul explains when we are carnally “minded” not only are our minds set on pleasing ourselves, but our entire thought life and the purpose for which we live becomes focused on pleasing ourselves.
When we are spiritually “minded” our minds are set on pleasing God and our entire thought life and the purpose for which we live is focused on pleasing the One who lived and died for us! God makes it an easy choice – to be spiritual minded IS life and peace. It doesn’t “bring” life and peace, it IS life and peace! To be carnally minded IS death! It does not bring death, it IS death! This is NOT a process but it is a “state of being”!
We see God emphasizing this point once again in Col. 3:1-3 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your MIND on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
Knowing Jesus is sitting at the right hand of God because He paid the price motivates us to set our minds on heavenly things. Living in the reality we were raised with Christ gives us fresh perspective, a heavenly outlook! We have this incredible benefit of communing with our Savior, where He IS, sitting at the right of God. When we KNOW we are truly raised with Christ we have only to “look around” us because we are “where” the “things which are above” exist. Please take a moment and grasp this truth!
Paul uses “if” because each of us must embrace and believe in Jesus Christ in order to live in the reality of being raised with Christ. Because we were raised with Christ we have a unique “position” from which to seek those things from above because we ARE above! People of God – we need to see ourselves with Christ seeking heavenly things rather than seeing ourselves on earth seeking heavenly things. Once we discover them, we “set our mind” on those things above as we walk on earth. We do not set our mind on the things of earth because we have already sought and found heavenly things.
When we set our minds on heavenly things we let our desires develop for the things we have found in the heavenly place. We must get familiar with heavenly things, enjoy them, and let our desire for them overtake every earthly concern. It is not difficult to know heavenly things because they are opposite of earthly things. We enjoy earthly things to some degree but we must not allow ourselves to be increasingly fascinated by them or expect to receive fulfillment from them. Verse three tells us we died and our life is hidden with Christ. If we have died to ourselves it is completely absurd to set our minds on earthly things. We should acknowledge we are dead to them and unmoved by them.
In order to apply this truth we walk by faith which establishes power because we are walking in what we cannot see with our natural eyes but know in our spirits as a result of seeking spiritual things above with Christ. We must lock onto heaven which is waiting to be seen as reality on earth. The Kingdom is waiting to come. We bring heaven to earth when we know Jesus, know God’s Word, receive revelations through His Word, and continue to abide in the Vine. We know we have the Spirit’s power and the victory in our lives comes in our willingness to let His Spirit work THROUGH us, not simply live IN us.
The next time you are thinking…think spiritually! Be mindful of the things of God not the things of men! Keep in “mind” carnal thinking IS death while spiritual thinking IS life and peace! And remember where you are…raised with Christ… seeking those things which are above! What do you think?