Today’s Reading: Philippians 4:1-23
You have something amazing inside your head we call the brain. You may not have a high IQ, maybe only average or even below average intelligence, yet your brain is still something amazing. For comparison, if your brain worked like a digital video recorder in a television it’s storage capacity would be something close to around 2.5 petabytes (a million gigabytes) 2.5 petabytes would be enough to hold three million hours of TV shows. You would have to leave the TV running continuously for more than 300 years to use up all that storage.
Psychologists tell us that each person has about ten thousand thoughts per day. Did you realize that many thoughts go on inside your head each day? I find that an encouragement. You see that means you have at least a one in ten thousand chance of having a great idea every day.
Much of the whole thought process remains a mystery to scientists and psychologists. But one thing is not a mystery about the mind. How you think is going to affect your Christian life. How you think will make a profound difference in how you represent our Lord Jesus Christ.
You know in the hospital before a surgeon is about to do surgery he is going to scrub his hands over and over. Why? Because no one wants that surgery performed until the surgeon’s hands are clean. As Christians, we have a ministry to perform. And just like the surgeon who needs clean hands for surgery we need to have clean minds.
In these verses, we read today Paul emphasizes the need for a good thought life. The Christian life is more than just the external. It is more than a list of rules, obeying the dos and refraining from the do nots. The Christian life is something internal and that is more challenging than obeying a set of rules.
Christianity is about the internal and about your thought life. We must transform our thought life. You may need a revival of the mind. Paul says: “8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”