What does it mean to be spiritually minded?

It’s Monday Grace!

Understanding the battle that rages in our lives is important. It is much harder to find victory if you don’t know or understand what you are fighting.

Contrary to what many teachers say, we do not go through life fighting against ourselves. It is not old me versus new me. I am only new me. My life is only what Jesus has given me. Old me has died and is gone. Remember that.

But the flesh was formed by old me and remembers old me too well. It still thinks like old me used to think because it doesn’t know any better. And, because the flesh was formed in times of fear and anger and loss, its thinking is often confused and reactive. I find myself getting angry and worried over foolish things because the flesh feels those emotions. Based on past experiences, the flesh makes decisions for me to lash out or hide or try to take care of myself.

There is another way.

When Paul wrote about the dangers of being “carnally minded,” he also wrote of a positive alternative for believers.

For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace

Because of the new life in us, our minds are being transformed. Our thinking is being conformed to the mind of Christ through the Spirit.

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.” (Romans 8:5, NKJV)

For us to think and act according to the flesh (the ways of the world we learned apart from Jesus) is inconsistent with who we are and what God wants for us.

“But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:20–24, NKJV)

One of the reasons we are taught that the Spirit is in us is to remind us that the Lord is active and present always in our lives. If we wonder what to think, we can ask. We can trust the things of the Lord that we have learned. We can be assured that He is leading us.

Paul says that “life and peace” come from thinking that is spiritual. While the flesh links us to the death of the old man and the world, the Spirit links us to the new life in Christ. One day the flesh and the world will be gone from us. Until that day, we should seek the Spirit in all things.

This is active! The Christian life is anything but passive. Yes, Jesus has done all the work and gives us salvation as a gift. At the same time, in our daily lives, we are to constantly look to Him. When I write about walking with Jesus, I mean this daily life that requires our continual awareness of His presence and desire for His leading. I mean that He walks with us.

As we go through our days, we should often seek the Lord so that we see life through the eyes of the Spirit and with the mind of Christ. It is different from the way we used to think. It is different from our default thinking. But our Lord is with us to guide us and give us what we need.

So, pray. Ask the Lord for wisdom. Ask Him to lead your thinking. Ask Him to work in you to look at others and at the struggles of life with the mind of Christ. Ask Him to protect you from carnal/fleshly thoughts and open you more and more to the Spirit.

We may not find the fullness of spiritual thinking in this life, but it is ours. It is worth reaching for. To see the love of God in Jesus. To know His love for those around us. To believe in His protection and provision. These are benefits that come out of spiritual thinking.

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One response to “What does it mean to be spiritually minded?

  1. Steve Tompkins

    Excellent, practical advice! Thanks for the prayer tips. Amen.

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