your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of
God. Set your minds on things above, not
on earthly thing.
Today I pass along excerpts of a
devotion from Jen at Good Morning Girls.
We hear it over and over: Focus
on Christ not on earthly things. But
HOW? Jen will take it from here:
There is nothing new under the sun.
If we want to have a mind that is focused on Jesus then we need to
submerge ourselves in His Word. It really is that simple and yet we
struggle with it.
“We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much
because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and
boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a
lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy.”
– R.C. Sproul
This is a painful truth. It comes
down to the fact that we don’t want to put in the time and effort it takes to
read God’s Word, think about it, memorize it, or maybe even do some research on
it. We don’t want to get up early or stay up a little late. We don’t want to
look up verses we don’t understand or read books or sermons that will help us
apply the Word of God.
Another thing we need to do in
order to grow in heaven mindedness is to learn to meditate. Not the new age
kind of meditation that tells us to empty our mind, but instead we fill our
mind with scripture and think about it throughout the day. Let it mull over in
your mind asking God to help you remember and apply the things you are thinking
A.W. Tozer said that many are
guilty of just nibbling at the word. Let’s not just nibble and then walk away
unsatisfied. Let’s feast richly on God’s Word that will never run out and will
never become irrelevant.
Everything always comes back to
knowing the Word of God.
Do we want to grow spiritually?
Then we need to be in the Word. Do we want to learn about God’s character? Know
the Word. Do we want to get better at praying, learn patience and
kindness? Then we must be focused on the Word.
“Nobody ever outgrows Scripture; the book widens and
deepens with our years.”
– C. H. Spurgeon