“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” — 2 Corinthians 10:5
There’s a lot of power in the way we think. Our brains are wired in such a way that allows our thoughts to guide our decisions and lifestyle. Do we give enough thought on the power of our thoughts? Because while our situations have direct influence on us, we have control over the way we choose to allow our minds to process things. We can change our thoughts for the better.
So what are the first thoughts of my day? How are they working for the Lord? How am I shedding light on Christ in all circumstances and at all times of the day by the way my thoughts lead me? Am I truly taking captive each thought as Paul tells us to in 2 Corinthians 10:5?
By taking my thoughts captive, I can then turn those thoughts into actions in a way that brings glory to Christ. Just as the situations surrounding me influence my thoughts, my actions can influence what those around me think about the Kingdom of God. Am I expanding the Kingdom of God by the way I’m guided by my thoughts or not? What opportunities might I be missing out on by simply entertaining stray thoughts?
There will always be temptations and distractions in this world — anything that is not of God. There are some that are more blatant: money, fame, sex, etc. Those are the sins of the world that the Bible directly addresses and we all know to stay away from. But at times, the more dangerous ones are those that slowly creep into our lives, causing us to be only one degree off of God’s path. That one degree can continue to lead us down a different path if we give it an inch.
I know for me personally, I all too often get caught up in the concerns of the future instead of staying present where God has me in that moment. God calls us to be in the present, with a hope for the future promises He has for us, but trusting in Him for those things. He doesn’t want me fixing my mind on the next 10 games or on the new house I’ll be able to see and furnish at the end of the season. God’s called me to be present in Detroit right now, not at home in Seattle, and not in Atlanta for the next game. This is where I’m going to grow into who He’s called me to be.
It doesn’t matter if I’m on the mound about to throw a pitch, walking around a mall or sitting at home with my family, each individual moment is an opportunity to grow closer to God and experience what He has for me in the present. Though my situation or activity might change, my presence of mind can stay the same — fixed on Christ and at peace with His will.
— Matthew Boyd, Detroit Tigers pitcher
Matthew Boyd is a regular contributor to The Increase and provides monthly articles and opinions.
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