I am Packing up all my things as I move back to Nelson for the summer. Putting my life into boxes. What should I leave behind? What can I live without? What must I keep on me at all times? What can I throw out? What can I leave in the back of the cupboard?
Who can I trust to look after things that I hold dear to me?
It gets me thinking, about life, what do we carry? What do we leave locked in our hearts that we don't even need anymore? Who do we trust with our dreams?
I believe that Mindsets can be like boxes, and sometimes we seam to box things important in life.. Love, Joy, God?
People make mindset boxes without even realizing it... Slowly they allow religion, their view of theology, sin, life focused on the wrong things, to build walls around Gods plan for their lives.
But God wants to renew your mind and take away the boxes, making the things God calls us to do,(the impossible),Possible.
"..Be transformed by the renewing of your mind"(Romans 12:2)
Why? "That you may prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God."
Boxes don't contain windows.
When you live in a box, your view is limited. You may see a few meters ahead..but your vision of what God has planned for you and others is shallow and small. You only see how you look at scripture and you fit them to your choice of life style. Sometimes you judge others who seem to be Walking (out of the box) around your life. God uses them in a different way than you are used to seeing and you think its Satan's work.
Let me ask you something.. "when Jesus spat into the mud and slung it into the eyes of the blind man... was that shown in scripture previously? or when he Sat with the Samaritan woman.. was that PC?" Just because you do not understand something does not make it Wrong..
The Bible says "I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father" (John 14:12)
I guess in my life at the moment, I'm in a bit of a spring cleaning mood, even though its heading into summer now. Trying to get rid of all the unwanted, pointless, never used or useless junk that slows me down. Throwing it away into the deepest ocean, as far away as the east is from the west. Then bringing out some of my clothes, putting on the robes and mantles that were given to me, but chucking away the old things i had on.. I think I'm keen for a new wardrobe, a new style, a new way of thinking, a new way of walking. "let us also walk in the spirit" (Gal 5:25)
I know, like most, that spring cleaning is a long task that sucks to do, but feels good afterward. Feeling the freedom that Jesus died for, is worth the cleaning out process!
(Art by Susie Lees)
It is better for Love to rule the mind than for the junk which can. Ask yourselves "what am I doing this for?" for every situation, action or judgment you make.. because you must make sure your motives are right... "Everyone will know that you are my disciples because of your love for each other." (John 13:35) the Bible Declares that 'Love is the greatest', we must 'love God with all our heart' and to 'love each other as we love ourselves.'
"But if I don't have love, I am a loud gong or a clashing cymbal"
I know that there is something stirring in the world.. Revival is coming.. You can feel it with every breath you breathe. There is a fire within your stomach, a burning hunger! Are you ready for it? or will you miss it?
It is vital that we Box God no longer! For the worlds sake...For loves sake... Let us be available and open to co-labor with Christ as open vestals for his spirit. Ask God to renew your mind, to show you what he is doing.. COME ON.. be apart of something that Echoes for eternity and Live a life of Love!
God please renew our minds. Take that which is from you, out of the boxes we place them in. God please help us to throw out the junk from our lives. Renew us and make us whole in you, that we may "walk in the spirit and not of the flesh" (Gal 5:16)