by Rachelle Suggs
(She goes to Grace.)
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what I think about. It’s been drummed into me since I was a kid that thinking on the things of God is so much better than the fleeting things of this world- but the things of this world seem so enticing sometimes!
Psalm 1:1-3 got me started on this journey most recently. It depicts in Scripture the illustration that Casting Crowns captured in their song “Slow Fade”. I have not given myself over to sin in one fell swoop, but I’ve not rejected the advice of the world which led to standing in the way of sinners (and rationalizing my compromise), and in some cases sitting in the seat of scoffers. But God did not declare that life for me!
He is the one who has freed me and continues to free me when I get myself tangled up in sin. He calls those who reject the ways of the wicked blessed. How do I do that? Its in verse 2: “Their delight is in the law of the Lord; on it they meditate day and night”. Oh how I long for this to be said of me.
When we think on things of God- His ways, His desires (shown to us all throughout Scripture), His heart for His people, His love for you and for me- that is when I find my desire for the fleeting fade away.
It may be a slow fade when I give myself to sin, but it also seems that sin takes time to fade away unless I fully immerse myself in the things of God. Paul reiterates this several times in his letters to the churches.
Take a look at Philippians 4:4-9. This is our encouragement and that of believers everywhere. Paul calls us to a simpler way of life: “In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy. Keep doing what you have learned and received from me, what you have heard and seen me doing; then God who gives peace will be with you.”
Colossians 3 reiterates this saying twice to seek the things above if you have been raised with Christ. Why is this? Verse 3: “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”
So, to live IS Christ…I want more than just to say those words- I want to live them! This next week my training in Christ is to think on these things.