What do you set your mind on?
In Deuteronomy 6, God is instructing the nation of Israel to help them keep His commandments.
“Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you, all the days of your life, and that your days may be prolonged.
“O Israel, you should listen and be careful to do it, that it may be well with you and that you may multiply greatly, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.
“You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.
“You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”
It’s clear that we will begin to pursue whatever those things are that occupy our mind. It’s not some New Age mysticism or power of positive thinking teaching. God’s word is pretty clear.
“Your word have I hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You!” — Psalm 119:11
“I lie awake at night thinking of you.” – Psalm 63:6
“I call to remembrance my song in the night, I meditate within my heart, and my spirit makes diligent search.” –Psalm 77:6
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” –Romans 12:2
When we write something on the doorposts of our lives, it’s in constant and full view. We see it coming and going. It makes its way to our thoughts and eventually to our actions.
I started my day with these two questions: What do I set my mind on? What ungodly elements do I consistently write on the doorposts of my life?
I’ll stop there and let you answer them for yourself. I’ve got my own responses to deal with.