I pray that having been raised with Christ to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead, that every one of us aim for and seek the rich, eternal treasures that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of the Father. May we set our minds and keep our minds always on what is above, the higher things, not on the things that are on this earth.
Some of you may have noticed that I’m a little late in getting this week’s version of “Humble Pie” up on the site. (I’m sure many of you hadn’t noticed but – lets just keep this little bit of information to ourselves shall we?) The reason for this delay was … well the truth be told, my thoughts over the last few days have not been good ones. They certainly haven’t been thoughts I would want anyone to read.
There are times when the world creeps into my thought life and I am no longer “keeping my mind always on what is above.” The cares of this world seem to have a strangle hold on me and I am unable to notice the tightening until I’ve just about suffocated. This shouldn’t surprise me; it seems to happen whenever I spend time with family, most of whom are unsaved.
You see, over the course of the last eight years my husband and I have lost a business, a house and just about every ounce of pride we have. We have made four cross-country moves and each time ended up in a rental home a little worse than the last. In the eyes and minds of those non-believers who love us, we are people to be pitied. They feel sorry for us because of all of the difficulties we’ve had to endure. As a Christian I can see the hand of God in every step we take. I know that the trials we’ve lived through are all part of God’s plan and one day we’ll look on this life that others would call a mess and we’ll know why each difficulty was necessary. Until then, I choose to trust God’s ways.
Still, in spite of my faith, trust, and reliance on God, when I spend time with my family, I find that just as Jesus said it would, a little yeast works through the whole dough and I leave feeling quite sorry for myself. In Ephesians Chapter 4 beginning in Verse 17, Paul tells us that we “must no longer live as Gentiles, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.” In Verse 22 he makes it clear to us how we are to think instead. “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
It is absolutely necessary for me to focus my mind on God at all times. I must renew the attitude of my mind by acknowledging my position as an heir with Christ, and choosing to set my mind on His truth and aligning my thoughts with God’s Word. No matter what things look like to the world, those who are unsaved are the ones to be pitied. So while I’m on my knees asking the Lord to forgive me for sinning against Him by my faithless self-pity, I will also continue on to pray for my unsaved family, the truly poor (of Spirit).