Today we're going to take these concepts and apply them on a more personal level. I think the majority of Christians would agree that truth, in order to be truth, must be absolute. And while we may slip into an "us" versus "them" mindset often, rarely is that our conscious intent.
But what of the battle going on in our own minds? What of the "you" versus "that person" relationship we create with our conception of ourselves? With what we are doing versus what we should be? With our "actual" potential versus our dreams?
1 Cor. 2:16 says believers of God have "the mind of Christ."
I truly believe that everything we are called to be, we are equipped to be in Christ.
So why are we not living that way?
Well, as a guess, I'd say it has something to do with our perspective being off. We look to define ourselves by others around us. Even if we do have a strong sense of purpose, we go out into the world, and every day, a little bit of that is beaten out of us, until we stop believing in our calling because it's become too hard.
We believe in purpose, but we doubt our ability. We believe in change, but we doubt our role. We believe in God, but we doubt His care in our lives.
The key to changing this cycle lies in changing our thought lives. The Bible says in Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
I believe this command is not a passive one, that there is all-out warfare going on inside our minds. What we choose to entertain in our thoughts shapes our attitudes, our values, our hearts, the core of who we are.
What does your thought life look like? I'm not talking about sin here, although that also applies. I'm talking more about self-talk: the way we perceive who we are in Christ. Because if we really knew the depths of His love for us, His belief in us--that He would care enough to give His very life--how much different would our own lives look like?
How much of your time do you spend putting yourself down? Unravelling the truth God has spoken over your heart and your life? Is there something you (or others around you) have convinced yourself you absolutely cannot do or face, though you have a seed of a dream planted in your heart? How is that keeping you from the call of God upon your life?
Somewhere along the line, we've started believing that faith in God's ministry through our lives is equivalent with pride. That's a lie. There is nothing wrong with being confident in the person God has called us to be, so long as our confidence is in Him.
Putting yourself down, convincing yourself you're unworthy or unable again and again strips away the tools and gifts God has given you to fulfill your calling. This is not humility. True humility is full confidence in the proper source.
How do we escape these self-doubts? How do we know who we are in Christ?
(NLT) Ephesians 1:9-11 God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.
God's plan is to unite us with Christ. He is our sufficiency. In Him, we have all that we need. The earth is broken and we will have struggles. We will fight against our frail nature and will struggle with pain until He takes us home. But the beautiful thing about Christianity is this: we are truly and fully, already His.
What role do you see thoughts as having? How do thoughts, which seem so internalized, affect our behavior? Why is a proper thought life so dependent upon the existence of truth?