Made Up Mind

A couple of years ago, after eating dinner at Bob Evans, we were going to the car. I was getting in the car, thinking that we were leaving. I was mistaken. Looking down the hill, Nick and Conner were on their way to, well, I didn’t know where to. Being the dad, I told them, “we’re going home, come on.” This did not stop them. So, I just stopped to watch as Conner and Nick began to climb up the Carter Lumber billboard sign. They were going up the ladder, Conner leading the way. Half way up the ladder, Nick changed his mind, and stopped. However, Conner’s mind was made up, and he made it to the top and he made his way onto the walkway, and went from one end to the other. Their mother and I discouraged this, from a distance of course, but, they had their this on their mind.

There are two messages here. First, the power of a “made up” mind. Second, the power of a “changed” mind. Conner decided what he wanted to do, and did it. Nick saw danger and changed his mind.

The significance of a made up mind is obvious, “he that endureth to the end shall be saved.” Let me just touch on the changed mind. How many could be honest and say, that there are times when you want to say, “why can’t I stop doing that?” It almost makes you think that there is something wrong with you.
It becomes a real inner struggle. It is common to man, everyone wrestles with the flesh.

Does this mean that you will be stuck in this rut forever? Absolutely not. The one thing you need to realize is that the battle is in the mind. The Bible tells us that our minds must be renewed. When our mind is renewed, our thoughts are not confined to the fleshly and worldly patterns, but rather, we have the mind of Christ. We learn to channel our thinking through the Word of God. That is why the Bible says, “Let the Word of Christ dwell in your richly…” (Col. 3.16)

Not only should our minds be made up, that we will serve Christ, no matter what. Our minds must also be changed, or transformed.

“…, be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Rom. 12.2)