“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your MIND…” Luke 10:27
We’ve mentioned that the heart is the seat of our emotions, the soul is the core of who we are, and our strength is our physical response. The God who created us wants us to love Him with all three. But in Luke 10:27, He takes it one step further and adds the mind to the list, the seat of our intellect, the throne that sometimes whispers to our hearts that we don’t need God. Jesus wants that, too, and His Word has much to say on the matter. So in a world that teaches that God can’t be understood or even logical in the face of human intellect, what does it look like for believers to love the Lord with all their minds?
1) Feed it good things.
In the same way we fuel our body with food in order to be healthy, when we fuel our minds with the things of God, we are able to respond in a way that loves and honors Him. Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Why is this so important? What we think informs what we do and how we feel. When we are feeding our mind what God says is good, we are able to filter our responses and our feelings to make them obedient to Christ.
Our mind encapsulates knowledge, truth, wisdom, and understanding. If we feed our minds with the things of the world, we will lean on our own understanding and not God’s (Proverbs 3:5) and we will speak (Matt. 15:11) and act in a way that doesn’t reflect a follower of Christ (Rom. 1:28). How do we feed our mind good things? We get in His Word, we call to Him in prayer, and we surround ourselves with likeminded-people who are committed to following the truth and wisdom of God and not culture.
2) Renew your mind constantly.
Our mind is being fed by thousands of influences every day – your family, coworkers, bosses, social media, television, what you read, what you hear on the radio, the billboards next to the highway, lyrics, emails, articles, news, etc. Every day, you are feeding your mind voluntarily or involuntarily. This is why it is so important that we continually renew our mind. This causes transformation in our lives and in our hearts and helps us want the things of God more than the influences around us. Romans 12:2 says that renewing our mind allows us to test and approve God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will. It means you will be able to sift through all of that messaging, take thoughts captive that don’t honor and glorify Christ, and be able to discern what is good, excellent, and right to invest in or continue to input.
3) Meditate on the things of Christ.
There is a war raging for your mind and heart (2 Cor. 10:4-5), which means we must be diligent to meditate on the Lord. A mind fixed on Jesus is a mind that loves Him and recognizes Him as Lord and the ultimate authority. A mind fixed on the Lord is at perfect peace because that person trusts the Lord (Is. 26:3). Their actions and heart reflect that they are a new creation (Col. 3:2-5), and they are better able to discern between the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of our King.
Scripture often links the relationship between our hearts and minds. What we think can inform how we feel, and how we feel can dictate what we think. No wonder the Lord wants us to diligently pursue Him with all our hearts and minds specifically. When one is off-center, the other will surely follow. Praise God that He left us His Word, a source of goodness and truth from a loving Father that gives us the roadmap for how to see the world, how to be wise, and how to love Him with all of us. May we be people who inform our minds with truth and not the wisdom of this age.
Written by First Dallas Staff