No one can invent electricity, it’s a God given element, but the men who discovered it were able to harness it to create the incandescent light bulb. Throughout the centuries there is evidence of mankind discovering how to use electricity, but none so groundbreaking than Thomas Edison and Joseph Swan. Harnessing something that’s all around, electricity, to use for a focused purpose, the light bulb is an amazing accomplishment. Similarly, believers use the presence of God, harnessed through His word, for a focused purpose; to live life with the mind of Christ. (2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.”)
“The mind is a terrible thing to waste.” has to be one of the wisest quotes known to
man. It is out of the mind that we use reason, store information, compute knowledge etc. Our minds are a component of our souls, where our personalities and preferences are formed, so if we waste our minds what are we doing to our souls? What we put into our minds will affect our souls and vice versa. (Romans 8:5 “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according
to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”) Mental junk food is a real thing. The next time you watch three hours of reality TV just take notice of how you feel afterward. The next time someone is pouring negative words into your mind by gossiping just check the calorie count. Sluggish, icky, and even feeling dumb is evidence of wasting the capacity within your beautiful mind.
How do we know when we’ve received a God idea? Well, we would call it an “Aha moment” where a thought is ignited so strongly in our minds it brightens everything, like a light bulb, and we’re overwhelmed with clarity. Moments like suddenly knowing your purpose, knowing you’ve found your spouse, and knowing Christ for yourself can all be considered “Aha moments” or a God idea. There’s freedom when we download God’s way of doing things. God is omniscient; He knows EVERYTHING, so when He allows you to see what He sees, having that knowledge can only better your life and draw you
closer to Him.
Having the mind of Christ is a free gift from God (1 Corinthians 2:16 “…we have the mind of Christ.”), but it isn’t easily attained. If you try to get the details of your face in the mirror but the steam from the faucet keeps fogging up the image you have two options: keep swiping at the mirror or turn off the faucet. The mind of Christ requires us to turn
off those things that fog up our minds. Perhaps we need to turn off the TV more often and read a book or perhaps turn off those negative conversations and refuse to be a dumping ground for waste. When a body goes brain dead it can no longer function, everything is connected to the head. Likewise, our minds must be submitted to God so that every area of our lives can prosper. When we find ourselves lost in our thoughts all we need is a God idea and like a light bulb burning bright for hours on end, we must stay plugged in.