Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mind of the World


Whether we like to admit it or not, we are hinged to the mind of the world.

We are deep into world trends; we are in-step with where the world is going.  

We say what is politically correct; we are wired to what is new and hip; we are afraid to offend the LGBT group; we wear the latest fashion; we read best-selling books; we watch current blockbuster movies and TV hit shows; we have the latest gizmo; we use newly coined words; and we tweak our Biblical doctrines to make us and others feel good.

We certainly are in the groove. 

If we are not careful, we could be trapped in the abyss, and we would have a hard time escaping.

How should a Christian live in our world today? 

Colossians 3:2 (NASB) says, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.”

Simple but difficult. Here’s a suggestion on how it could be done.

Ask yourself a second question—the more important one—each time you are in doubt about your action.

1. Will people think I am too old-fashioned?
2. Will God? 

1. Will people be happy with my decision? 
2. Will God? 

1. Will people hate me for saying this? 
2. Will God?

1. Will people ostracize me for what I am about to do?
2. Will God? 

1. Will people think I am successful and have arrived?
2. Will God? 

Clearly, Colossians 3:2 is all about the mind of God, not the mind of the world. It is about things in heaven, not things on earth.

It is where we need to ask for guidance and grace that could only come, not from the world, but from above.   

(One of our Pastor’s Sunday messages in my own 300-word reflection.)

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2 comments:

jers said...

Aw. Thank you for posting this Ms. Grace. Very timely for the situation I'min.

Grace D. Chong said...

Thanks! I am actually speaking to myself, too, Jers. This is a complicated world we live in.