Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
LORD Jesus, we praise You for You alone are worthy of our praise. Help us to seek You and Your will for our life on a daily basis. Enable us to do what You want us to do, go where You want us to go, and love what You want us to love. In Jesus’ wonderful name we pray. Amen.
Let’s be honest: How many times throughout the day are we truly thinking on things that are noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, full of virtue and praiseworthy?
How many times during the day does our mind go wandering off? It already starts early in the morning, doesn’t it? There are so many distractions coming along our way while we are trying to read the Word. Later on, and throughout the whole day, we get so busy that coming back to what the Bible said in the morning is nearly impossible. Our thoughts dwell on other things. Late at night, while we are already in bed, we are thinking on just a few more things before we are falling asleep.
We will work ourselves through some things, fighting for them and pressing on, won’t we? How come we will not endure but are giving up other things so quickly? I’m especially thinking of things like learning a new skill or going the extra mile to find a better deal on a product we want.
Let’s take a look at verse one of the same chapter in Philippians. Paul tells the Philippians, and us of course, to stand fast in the LORD. Matthew Henry writes about this verse:
So stand fast in the Lord. Being in Christ, they must stand fast in him, be even and steady in their walk with him, and close and constant unto the end. Or, To stand fast in the Lord is to stand fast in his strength and by his grace; not trusting in ourselves, and disclaiming any sufficiency of our own. We must be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might, Eph 6:10.
You see, thinking on things above doesn’t come naturally for us. It’s not like, once we have become Christians, that we are completely transformed. Instead, we need to remind ourselves daily to take one step at a time, to renew our mind every day, and to continually go in the Strength of the Love and Grace of our LORD Jesus Christ.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.