November 8, 2018
When we begin to start setting our minds according to the word, sometimes the word would be clashed with the logic and understanding we have. Our logic always represents our ways of thinking in making decisions and actions in our daily lives.
As long as our old logic has not changed, the word that we receive couldn’t get deeper in our lives. The Word will only stop as mere information or knowledge.
For example, when we hear the preach about the importance of “devoting ourselves in the apostles’ doctrine” (Acts 2:42). In the mind that has not been renewed yet, there would be various logics:
– I am just an ordinary congregation, to learn more about the word, it is the pastor’s job, but not my job.
– I am very busy, I don’t have time to devote myself in the word.
– Why should I devote myself to the word? I’m faithful enough to go to the church and listen to the preach every Sunday, isn’t it enough?
If we have these logical thoughts, it is a signal that the wall of the old logic has been built in our minds, which unconsciously will block/reject the principle of the word about the importance of our devotion to the word, and this word would only as an information for us!! And as an information, that’s means we could reject and ignore it.
However, it would be different if we see this principle of the word as a perfect law (James 1:25). In the Kingdom if anyone rejects the law, they would certainly face consequences, because the law is a representation of the sovereignty of the King.
This is the divine logic: if we reject the word, there must be consequences in our lives. If we have this logic, we would position ourselves to be willing to do anything to devote ourselves to the word.
Imagine that in our daily lives, there are still many more of our old logic that are inaccurate and contrary to His word, if that logic keeps on growing in our lives, it would definitely make us live humanely and worldly. We couldn’t live as a new creation. In order for the word to fully influence and expose our old logic, we should examine the word with full INTEREST, so that the word could ENTER our minds, and INFLUENCE the way we think. Therefore, our ‘rusty’ and ‘ancient’ old logic will be destroyed and replaced by divine logic, which is the accurate logic according to the word.
James 1:25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
The word ‘look’ is taken from the word parakupto, means: “to stoop to a thing in order to look at it, look into carefully into, inspect curiously”
1. To look into carefully and curiously, it’s surely based on the INTEREST that we have, so that we are willing to invest our times to learn the word more and more.
Without interest and passion, we only accept the word without any further action. Curiosity would make us to search more and more about the perfect law. Time would pass so quickly, for those who are driven by interest and curiosity. But for those who are not interested, time would feel so long and boring. Interest will also condition our mind to stay FOCUS and removes everything that is not important when we learn the word. Like people who is looking for a book in stack of things.
2. Looking into the word carefully and curiously would condition our mind to be OPEN (open minded) and surely will bring us to found new understandings that is more complete, original, wider and deeper.
Because the word says those who ask would receive, those who seek will surely get what they are looking for (Matt 7:8; Luke 11:10)
3. Interest will make us DEVOTE ourselves to study the word.
Devotion comes from the word parameno, in english: to remain beside, continue always near, which means always try to be on the side, keep a distance so that there is always a short distance. We condition our hearts and minds to stay close to the word every day.
When we are careless and inconsistent in devoting ourselves to the word, let’s discipline ourselves again consistently. Check whether we still have a hunger and thirst for God every day. If it begins to fade, ask for God again to give the thirst and hunger for Him (Matt 13:12)
4. Those who are willing to examine the perfect law would condition their hearts to receive the hidden treasures: the divine logic that would change our old way of thinking (Matt 13:44-46)
This person’s heart attitude will change to become more all-out, believing God even when it doesn’t make sense, and willing to let go of everything for Him and fulfillment of His plan! Their heart’s ground would be conditioned to be a good ground, so the word can be rooted deeper and stronger in his mind and heart. The ground heart of the wayside, rocky and among the thorns, would automatically be eliminated from his life.
5. Accept and declare the word (divine logic) until our hearts are burning so that it is sealed in our minds.
And experience the renewal of mind to be the mind of Christ. Our perspectives and the way we think will naturally change to be in harmony with the Spirit. (Romans 8:5) #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus