What’s on your mind?

Facebook, twitter, and other social networks all want to know what’s on your mind. In your “status,” the line at the top of your profile in Facebook, the question is unavoidable.

So, let’s ask the question… what is on your mind? For many, job or work is the predominant thought. One person complains the weekend was not long enough and going back to work was too soon. Others are glad to be back because the weekend was too stressful.

Some people think about personal matters. Thinking about love, family relationships, who’s going to be the “hot” date this weekend preoccupies the minds of some.

Is eternity ever on your mind? There is more to this existence on earth than just this old world. Just look into a starry-night’s sky. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made,” (Romans 1:20 ESV). Because there is a God, there is an eternity, because God is eternal. There is no doubt that living on this old earth is just not all there is. There is more. There is eternity.

And, if there is an eternity, then at some point each of us must decide where we will live after this life is over. Is something like this ever on your mind? Do you ever think what your destination in eternity might be? The Lord Jesus Christ said there are only two destinations after the judgment.

In Matthew 25, there is a view of the judgment and the assignment of destinations by the judge ― Jesus. The population of people who have ever lived in the world ― that means you and me ― will be separated into two groups. One group will be admitted into the blessings of heaven for eternity. Here’s what Jesus said about the other group: “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life,” (Matthew 25:48).

When you stand before God in the judgment, do you know which group you’d belong to? Some people think they know. Some would say, “God is all loving and can’t condemn anyone, therefore, I’m saved.” But, is that what Jesus said? Some people say, “Well I believe, so I know I’m saved.” Are they? Doesn’t one need to obey the commands of God to be saved (Romans 6:17-18)?

What’s on your mind?

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Philippians

Bro. Guy N. Woods preached a sermon summing the book of Philippians giving the theme verses of all four chapters. His was the best overall lesson on the book I’ve ever heard and has been a source of study to me for almost two decades.

He began the lesson calling the apostle Paul a “Christ-intoxicated man.” Paul’s mind was so filled with the Lord Jesus and with his word that he really didn’t have any competing thoughts. How much better would we do in this life if we lived the example Bro. Woods brings to mind? So often, we’re caught up in worldly matters that matter little.

Bro. Woods listed Philippians 1:21 as his first theme statement. “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” It is said Paul wrote the book  of  Philippians in Rome, chained to a soldier on each side. Paul might have looked like the captive, but the soldiers were the captive ones. They were a captive audience. Paul constantly lived and talked Jesus Christ.

The next theme he presented was Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” Christians need to think like the Master, not like people of the world. Christians need to think as servants, not as lords. Christians must always be busy “working out their own salvation with fear and trembling.”

In chapter three, Woods chose verse 14, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Pity, there’s not enough space to discuss everything this verse, as well as the context, contains. Suffice it to say that a study of the verse takes into account not only the context, but also the prepositions used in the sentence. Gems await.

The final theme verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me.” The people of Paul’s day were keenly interested in how to achieve contentment (and so is this generation). The major philosophies of the day, Stoicism and Epicureanism, sought to answer this longing with their peculiar ideas. However, Paul knew how to be content. He had been so whether in want or in plenty. His contentment sprang from Jesus Christ.

Paul was a man whose mind was filled with thoughts from and for Jesus. He was a man whose own life so well reflected the mind of Christ.

#jesus-christ, #mind, #philippians

Belief is truth held in the mind; faith …

Belief is truth held in the mind; faith is a fire in the heart.

Joseph Fort Newton

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Any mans life will be filled with consta…

Any mans life will be filled with constant and unexpected encouragement if he makes up his mind to do his level best each day.

Booker T. Washington, American educator (1856-1915)

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