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Best Summer Ever: June 3

by Caleb Brown, Young Adults Pastor

Scripture
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 set their minds on the things of the Spirit. – Romans 8:5

Reflection
Imagine for a moment, your neighbor knocked on your door to say “hello,” and perhaps offer some cookies with a smile. You kindly accepted, and luckily so, because the cookies were delicious. However, the next time your neighbor knocked on the door, you were not home to answer it. A few weeks later, yet again, your neighbor knocked but nobody was home to answer the door. Your neighbor was once thrilled to bring cookies to you, but after feeling rejected a few times, they decided to stop bringing cookies to your house… Naturally, they did not want to waste their time anymore if nobody was going to answer them. Your neighbor will only knock - without response - so many times before they move onto something or someone else. 

I believe our thoughts work the same way. We are going to think about things of the flesh, but the question becomes, What do we do with them? Do we respond and fall into temptation? Do we answer the door when our flesh comes knocking?

When we walk in the Spirit and focus on the things of the Spirit, we will hear our flesh knocking. It’s natural; however, as we continue to focus on the things of the Spirit, the things of the flesh will become less and less significant in our minds. The knocking will become quieter and quieter until, eventually, the neighbor has stopped knocking on our door at all. 

Question for Reflection

  • What do you spend the most of your time thinking about? Do you worry about tomorrow? Or daydream about vacation?
  • Do you ever find yourself thinking about the things of the Spirit? How so? 
  • We oftentimes do not stumble upon the things of the Spirit, but rather, we “set our minds” on them… What does this mean? How can you do this? 

 

Prayer
God, as we set our minds to the things of the Spirit, we pray the things of the flesh would seem less and less significant. We pray you would renew our minds as we focus on you. Amen.