Penny for your thoughts. Ever said that or had it said to you? Or maybe someone is telling you to get your head in the game? Where’s your head at, left field? Or maybe you have even asked yourself after you did something really stupid (well, me anyway), What Was I THINKING? You get the picture. In any event, we and others often wonder where and/or what we’re thinking.
What are you thinking? Where does your mind settle at most of the time? This brings me to one of my favorite verses, Philippians 2:5, “ Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,”. It reminds me that we need to be like Jesus even in our thoughts.
This made me wonder about the word mind. It comes from the Greek word phronéō, to think. It comes from the Greek word nous which is mind or understanding and that word comes from the Greek word, ginṓskō that means to know or understand (our word knowledge come from it)
This word phronéō is used just a few verses earlier in verse two when Paul encourages the readers to be like minded and being in one accord (of the same mind/purpose). Paul also tells two women in this epistle to be of the same mind in the Lord. Then again, he tells the Colossians to set their mind on things above (3:2) and in other books the same message (Rom. 15:5, Gal. 5:10, 2 Cor. 13:10 & Phil. 3:15). In Phil. 3:19 Paul give the opposite of this describes those whose minds are on earthly things.
“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he,” Proverbs 23:7 says. It is very important what we think and where our mind is. It is kind of like a computer…garbage in means garbage out. This stresses the importance of what we watch, what we read, what we hear, what we say and where we go. Ask yourself if this or these are things or places Jesus would go, see, and do. When you turn on the TV, when you listen to the radio, when you open up a book, go to the mall or store, do these represent the mind of Christ?
If you would like to know about the mind of Christ, read on in after verse 5 Philippians 2.
Hmmm. Think I will think on that thought a little while.