by Josh Fults
Here we find ourselves two days into a new year. The holidays are over. People are sliding back into their familiar routines, ready to embrace what the new year has in store. Many have made resolutions or set goals. For those of us that are Christ followers, might I add another goal to your list? Let’s all be thinking Christians this year. Let’s employ our mental faculties with concentrated effort as a collective whole. Why? Well, there are several reasons for this challenge.
First, as believers, we are instructed to think. When asked, “What is the greatest commandment” Jesus responded with, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” It is less of a challenge for people to love or serve God with their emotions than it is their mind. So often, the mind gets glossed over in this commandment. How do we love God with our minds? We do so by employing them in learning, thinking, and application. God invites us to make logic a part of our everyday lives. He states, “Come, let us reason together.”
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Second, let us not give people the impression that we do not think things through. It isn’t enough to simply say, “Here is what I believe.” We must follow with, “And here is why I believe it.” We must not exercise our Christianity with sloppy thinking.
Third, in order to share what we believe to be true we must be able to answer questions and objections. We cannot answer questions if we have not thought things through!
So there are a few reasons as to why you should be resolved to use your mind more effectively this year, but what are some practical ways that we can do this? What are some activities, exercises, or habits we can develop to better stretch our minds? Here are some suggestions…
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