The Christian and the Mind

Regardless of whether or not you and I will ever be scholars, God wants us to love Him with our minds. True! Jesus said so. “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind” (Matthew 22:37). The heart? The soul? No problem. The mind? Well, we don’t always demonstrate love for God in that department because…well, its work! But here are 3 simple steps that will help your mind achieve a better love life with God.

  1. Guard your mind
  2. Grow your mind
  3. Give your mind

Note the order. Too many people are willing to give their minds without guarding them from negative influences or growing them in godliness beforehand. As Christians, our minds should be sources of valuable information.

Don’t neglect one of the most important aspects of your person. John Calvin wrote, “And here again we ought to observe that we are called to a knowledge of God: not that knowledge which…merely fits in the brain, but that which will be sound and fruitful if we duly perceive it, and if it takes root in the heart” (Institutes I.v.9). Guard it. Grow it. Give it.

Blessings,

Joe

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