When we were first married, predicting what my wife would order for dinner, knowing how she would react to a surprise, or guessing how she would handle a hurtful situation were virtually impossible. Now I know what my wife will order in different restaurants, the movies she likes, what words hurt or encourage her.
How did we get to know each other’s mind so well? We spent a lot of time together, paid attention and listened to each other, and were motivated to know each other’s minds.
God’s intent for us is to be conformed to the likeness of Christ….develop the mind of Christ. I need to know Christ to really understand who He is and how He thinks. How do you get to know anybody….you spend time with them and pay attention. You see how they think, get to know their perspective, really appreciate what they love.
Try to make time to sit quietly in the presence of your Lord. I know how difficult it is to concentrate, but even the effort will please God and bring you peace. Like any skill, the more you try and practice, the easier it gets.
Today, try taking a few minutes after reading the daily devotional to absorb God’s Word. Spend a few minutes imagining how Christ looks at your biggest situation today.
Dear Father, I am sitting quietly in Your presence, waiting and expecting Your blessings. Help make my mind still Lord, in the midst of all the confusion. Make my mind still like a pool of water, ready to receive whatever thoughts You drop into my mind. Help me rest in Your presence, as I consider the challenges this day presents. Help me keep my focus on You…to keep looking to and communicating with You as I walk through this day together with You. I pray this in the name of the One with the perfect mind, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.
Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
1 Peter 4:1
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.