January 2, 2017

A one-track mind

Philippians 2:5, "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus....."

What mind-set was that?

Jesus emptied himself.

He became a servant.

Though you are born new, though you are righteous through Christ, though you are an heir...

Become a servant.

And the one who loves God, who has a new nature, says, "Yes, I will do that."

The born new one, who truly loves God, is obedient (I John 5:3).

The born new one becomes a servant.

With a one-track mind, on the narrow road, the new creature is a servant.

Never do they wonder, "What shall I do now?"

They know what to do.

They serve.

It is not a matter of deciding, for the decision was made at repentance to no longer serve self.

To no longer disagree with God concerning sin.

To no longer go about the day as they see fit.

To no longer fight against the Word, but to agree with it.

To follow Jesus, to stand firm to the end, then one will be saved (Matthew 24:13).

Many followed Jesus, but few followed to the end, and will follow to the end.

Will you?

When you are called to love a husband who is inattentive, unsaved, and a mother who is prejudiced against you, and a sister who is not loving, and a friend who betrays, and on and on it goes.

The world loves only those who love them.

Those who repent are given the gift of salvation from sin to sin no more.

They know God, and are given, through the Spirit, the ability to love, not only God, but all.

They love the neighbor, the sister, the mother, the husband, the unworthy father.

They serve without prejudice. Their love is other-worldly. It is not of them.

With a one-track mind, the born new soul takes one step, and then the next into their world.

Serving.

Washing a sink-full of dishes.

Raising children who are taught to obey, and serve.

Cooking meals, praying without ceasing, always thankful.

A one-track mind which loves replaces the worldly one which wanders.

What mind do you have?

Do you have the mind of Christ?

Are you obedient?

To serve?

To walk one way, and one way only?

Or do you wander?

The yoke is easy, and the burden is light when all one must do is take up their cross and serve.

And then do that moment after moment through the Spirit who gives them power.

More than conquerors (Romans 8:31-39).

That's what souls are who have a one-track mind.

Imagine that. To succeed at something is exhilarating. But to be more than successful at something?

Are you more than successful at love, and service, and obedience?

Or does a little "tribulation" cause you angst?

Does a little persecution, danger, or simple change of plans make you angry, fearful, or distraught?

Do you love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself?

Do you have a one-track mind?

Or do you wake wondering what you will do?

The soul who knows God knows every moment what to do.

Every moment they love.

Do you?

Continue to follow Jesus, and to do that, then you must know what he taught.

And the very first thing he commanded?

Repent (Matthew 4:17).

Agree with God about your sin.

Don't tell him that you sin.

He knows that.

Agree with him about it.

Sin is always evil; it always brings death, and destruction; and those who sin still need a Savior.

Those who sin are sinners.

Saved people have been saved from sin (death).

If you claim to be saved, then from what are you saved?

Do you still sin?

Do you know that those who still sin do not know God?

"No one who is born of God will continue to sin (I John 3:9).

If you sin, then you do not agree with God about it.

You cannot continue to love the world (which is sin), and believe in the Word.

To love the world is to be an enemy of God (James 4:4).

Do you have a one-track mind which singularly loves God and others?







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