“For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” Proverbs 23:7 (NASB)
What are you thinking about?
Do you find yourself daydreaming about a much-needed vacation? Are you consumed with thoughts about getting another job? Are you losing sleep over a deteriorating relationship? Are you anxious and fearful about what the doctor told you? Do you spend most of your time thinking about how to get ahead financially…or just to stay afloat and not sink? Are you worried about your kids, your spouse, your memory, your sanity, your grades, your physical condition, the timely completion of a project, an international crisis, a national reversal of values, the upcoming election, etc.?
If you’re not careful, these kinds of thoughts can result in feelings of helplessness, paralysis, and despair. God warns us not to allow your circumstances to shape your attitudes and predetermine your lifestyle. We are told to look at our circumstances from God’s perspective.
“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” Colossians 3:1-2 (NASB)
What are you thinking about? The Scripture says that your thoughts shape your attitudes, influence your decisions, and ultimately determine your behavior. Read it again, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.”
So you want to change. How do you do that? You must choose to be proactive with your thought life. You must predetermine what your thinking agenda will be. Once you determine what your “thought” priorities will be, it will give you a healthy filter and context with which to deal with all the items you worry about. It will also free you to wholeheartedly adopt Jesus’ agenda for His followers…”fishing for men.”
“Fishers of Men” will never have time to “fish for men” until they first see people like God sees them. “Fishers of Men” will not tell others about Jesus until they understand the real meaning of “lostness.” Your sense of urgency and compulsion to tell others about Jesus will depend on what you see…what you think about. That is why you, a “fisher of men,” must daily immerse yourself in God’s Word.
Today’s a good day to begin thinking about what God is concerned about. Jump right in and watch how it impacts your effectiveness as a “fisher of men.”
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9 (NASB)