Colossians 3:1-3 -- "If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."
According to Matthew 22:37, Jesus and His work should occupy first place in our daily thoughts and affections. Jesus said we are to love Him with "all our heart, soul, mind and strength." If Christ is truly your passion, your mind will be filled with thoughts of serving Him.
Questions for Reflection: Do your affections and priorities often revolve around people and things more than Jesus? Are you more passionate about earthly things rather than spiritual things? Do you honestly get more excited about work, sports or recreation than about God's kingdom? To what or to whom do you devote the majority of your thoughts and energies? Is Christ central in all your priorities, or does He occupy only a small comer of your thoughts and plans? If many of your thoughts are undisciplined and earth centered, immediately confess this to God and ask Him to transform your mind. By God's grace, you can change your desires and thoughts! Write down specific ways you need to set your desires and thoughts on Jesus.
As we confess and forsake this area of sin, let us ever place our sole trust in the "author and finisher of our faith." (Hebrews 12:2)
Psalm 1:2 -- "But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in his law doth he meditate day and night."
Psalm 119:15-16 -- "I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word."
Based on these Scriptures, it is God's will for every believer to saturate his mind with key Bible verses. Yet, filling your mind with Scripture does not happen by accident. You must make a daily choice to hide God's Word in your heart.
Questions for Reflection: Is it your habit to seriously read and study God's Word daily? Do you meditate on key verses or does God's Word have little place in your thoughts? Have you failed to write down key verses that speak to special needs in your life? Filling your mind with Scripture requires a consistent choice. You cannot love God and yet not love His Word. In a very real sense, to neglect God's Word is to neglect God. Confess the sin of failing to fill your mind with Scripture. If you get Scripture into your daily thoughts, God will revolutionize your life! (John 15:7) Make a personal commitment to embrace a Scripture memorization plan.
Even as we confess and forsake our neglect of God's Word, let us rejoice in God's full acceptance. (Romans 8:1; 1 John 1:9) His mercy is higher than the heavens!