“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5
We Christians are not to be conformed to this world in the way we think. The world by its advertisements, its conversation, and its philosophy is engaged in a gigantic brainwashing…. Time yourself next time you read the Bible and pray. Compare your private time with God to the amount of time you spend watching television (shows, news, weather, sports, movies), or surfing the internet, or reading fiction. Is God getting His share of your time and attention? Is the world shaping your mind—or is Christ?
This caused me to ask myself a lot of hard questions:
Do I spend as much time with God each day as I do on my stuff?
Do I expect my personal relationship with God to be strong because I lump big blocks of time with God on some days to make up for days I “miss”?
Would I tell my spouse or my boss, “I am sorry I don’t have time for you, I am too busy this week?”
Do I spend as much time with my God as I do my spouse, my children, my friends?
Do I invest my time and my money with God as much as I do my leisure, my vacations, my technology, my hobbies and interests? Where my treasure (checkbook, time, habits) is my heart is there also.
Most marriage problems are caused by lack of communication. Most lack of communication is caused by not spending quality, honest, open time together. Why would my relationship with God be any different?
Am I appropriately modeling discipleship for the young people I work with as I tell them how important a life with God is?
Wow, I have a lot to think about! Thankfully God loves me just as I am and I am saved by grace. However, one of the best lines I ever received from Doris Milligan, our founder’s wife, was, “God loves me too much for me to stay that way.” Grace is not cheap. God wants me to have the mind of Christ Jesus. God wants my mind to be transformed.