Every experience God gives us, every person that He puts into our lives, is the perfect preparation for a future only He can see.
- Corrie Ten Boom

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Thoughts on Thoughts

This morning's sermon was on "we are what we think." Based upon 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." Earlier in Philippians, 2:1-11 to be exact, we are extorted to have the same mind, the same attitude as Christ. Verses 3 and 4 says, "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others."

The world tells us to look out only for ourselves, that we are the most important, but that is obviously not the mind of Christ. So then, what should be first in our hearts and thoughts? I think that it's how we can love others. How we can live out our faith in ways that go beyond going through the motions. 
From the moment I first heard this song, I have identified with it and it has been my prayer, that I would be sold-out to Christ. That nothing would get in the way of my relationship with Christ being my number one priority. I hope that that is your prayer, as well. If all those who call themselves "Christian" would place Christ as the true Lord of their life, this world would be a very different place. There is no doubt in my mind that the church needs a makeover, and it needs to begin within our own hearts and minds. We can't change the world until we allow God to change us. 

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