Over the past two Sundays, Pastor Marty talked about how the signature of Jesus in our lives is purity. And while this covers many areas of our lives, (like purity of faith or purity of relationships), what struck me the most was when Pastor Marty addressed the purity of our thinking.
I don’t know about you, but I find that it is easy to get out of bed each morning and just jump into my day. It is easy to be in survival mode, and be thinking about all the things I need to do, the people to talk with, the tasks to be accomplished. My thoughts are given to my circumstances and to people; my thinking is focused on how I think and feel I should handle situations.
But what if we paused and allowed the signature of Jesus to impact our thinking? What if we read the Bible, the Word of God, and allowed His thoughts to permeate our own? Would we live differently? Would we think differently? I know that we would! When we begin to think on the ways of God, it changes us from the inside out. Our thinking changes, and as a result, our actions change, as well. Instead of just going about my day in my own head, I begin to ask God to change my thoughts to His thoughts. As a result, my day looks different, because I’m drawn to the things that God would want me to see and think about instead of just focusing on myself and my own thoughts and needs.
Pastor Marty gave each of us a card that said “Jesus”. His challenge was for us to do something for someone this week, give to someone anonymously, and leave the card as a way for them to know that they are loved and thought of by God. When I am rushing through my day, approaching life with my own thinking, I often miss what God is wanting me to think about and see. But when I begin to allow Him to change my thinking and I focus on His ways, I see the people He puts in my path and I can put that card to good use. As I prayed, God brought someone to mind, and I anonymously blessed someone. Have you used your card? Let’s take Pastor Marty up on this challenge – to allow the purity of Jesus to permeate our thinking and then bless others as He brings it to our mind to do so!
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
-Pastor Jen Lord