04
Apr
08

Not Thinking Enough

On this final installment of the “Not Enough” series let’s discuss the need to THINK more. Again, my time away from the television revealed I was not devoting enough time to thinking.

There are two broad categories of thinking—WORLDLY or BIBLICALLY. The category of THINKING to which I refer is biblically.

Every pattern of thought is based on presuppositions. Each presupposition leads to specific results. Allow me to list some results of the contrasting presuppositions of worldly and biblically thinking:

  • Worldly thinking makes me the Lord of my universe; biblically thinking makes God the Lord of my universe.
  • Worldly thinking is performance-oriented; biblically thinking is grace-based.
  • Worldly thinking is driven by the approval and acceptance of others; biblically thinking is driven by the approval and acceptance.
  • Worldly thinking takes the short view; biblically thinking takes the long view.
  • Worldly thinking is driven by results; biblically thinking is driven by means.
  • Worldly thinking is pleasure-seeking, greedy and prideful; biblically thinking is self-denying, generous and humble.

This week we have been reading through the book of Judges. Did any of you catch the description of worldly thinking in chapter 21? The bible records,

In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Judges 21:25

Everyone doing what is right in his own eyes is Exhibit A in worldly thinking. As we have learned from our study of Judges, Israel’s worldly thinking was devastating. Their worldly thinking created a pattern of consequences: sin, discipline, repentance, deliverance and security followed by sin, discipline, repentance, deliverance and security and so on.

Paul states clearly what is needed to develop biblical thinking:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:2

Worldly thinking requires us to “conform” to its pattern of thinking. The word “conform” can literally mean to “squeeze into its own image.” The world wants to squeeze us into its own image. In contrast, God wants us to be “transformed by the renewal of your mind.” Transforming is about change not conformity. Transforming is about conversion. Transforming is a process. The transforming process takes place when a born again individual places themselves consistently in the presence of the Almighty.

An excellent case for the transformational process Paul describes is found in Psalm 1:1-3:

Blessed is the man
who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.

Psalm 1:1-3

The biblically thinking man does not walk, stand or sit with worldly thinking people. The biblically thinking man delights in the law of the Lord, 24-hours-a-day every day of the week. Biblically thinking results in stability. Biblically thinking results in fruitfulness. Biblically thinking results in consistency.

The Bible says so much more about biblically thinking. Consider these few sentences:

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:16-17

Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.

1 Thessalonians 5:20-22

I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.

Psalm 119:11

Incline my heart to your testimonies,
and not to selfish gain!

Psalm 119:36

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

Revelation 1:3

You will notice my final assessment of not thinking enough comes at the conclusion of this four-part series. There is a reason. Biblically thinking, I am convinced, is the result of praying more, studying more, and reading more. I believe each discipline is interconnected. However, it is the discipline of thinking more that is most dependent on the others.

So, how do I conclude my week of transparent blogs? Here is a novel thought: why not switch off your television set and see what God says to you. I warn you. Be prepared to hear Him in stereophonic surround sound.

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