Empty Minded Christians

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:17-19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I have enjoyed reading through Paul’s Epistles. There is so much we can learn through these books from being a good Christian, to a good church member, to a good citizen, he covers it all!

As I was reading through Ephesians, chapter 4 really stood out to me. As Paul was writing to the church of Ephesus, he told them to walk not as other Gentiles did, in the vanity of their mind. That phrase ‘in the vanity of their mind’ is an interesting phrase.

When I think of the word vanity and what it means, the first definition I think of is empty. The Gentiles walk about in the emptiness of their mind. As a Christian, if our mind isn’t on Christ, it’s empty. If our mind isn’t on His work, it’s empty. If our mind is on our wants and our desires and the pleasures of this world, it’s empty.

Gentiles or unsaved people, have minds that aren’t focused on spiritual and eternal things, they are focused on temporal and selfish things. They are focused on things that are eternally empty. Many Christians, saved children of God, are empty minded! They are too worried about their career, making more money, buying cars and houses and stuff, they want fill their coffers down here on earth but leave their heavenly treasures empty, all because they are empty minded.

As I was looking into that word vanity, another definition I saw was morality. The Gentiles or unsaved walk in their own morality. Essentially, they do right in their own eyes. Many Christians, live life through the eyes of their own morality. They do not measure it up next to the Word of God. There are so many Christians who measure their morality against the world’s. They think they are better because they don’t do that or they don’t go there. They think they are a great Christian, but they fail to see that they fall short when measured with the Word of God.

“But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭4:20-24‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Whether you are empty minded and focused on earthly things or you try to be morally better than the rest of the world, Ephesians 4:23-24 tells us what we need to do be a better, biblical Christian. We need to have a renewing of the spirit of our mind. We have to refocus our mind to on the things of Christ!

So many Christians are focused on self, on fulfilling their own desires while still being morally right. They aren’t worried about the things of God or serving Him. They aren’t worried about reaching people for Christ. They are empty minded!

Don’t be an empty minded Christian!

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Be Profitable

“Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.”

‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:11‬ ‭KJV‬‬

The message I heard a few Sunday nights ago was from this verse. The message was on being profitable in our life (I can’t remember the exact title.)

Since that Sunday night, I have been thinking a lot about this message. I have been asking myself, am I profitable to someone?

Am I profitable to Christ?

Am I profitable to my spouse?

Am I profitable to my church?

Am I profitable to my boss?

The simple definition of profitable is beneficial, useful.

Who are you beneficial too? Who are useful too?

To be profitable to someone, you cannot be selfish. There will have to be sacrifice on your part. You have to put someone else and their needs before yours.

Paul found Mark profitable to him because Mark was willing to put aside his needs to help out Paul.

We have to be available to profitable! If you aren’t available to be used, you will not be profitable to anyone. Are you available for God to use you? Or are you too busy with sports and work and other things that you have no time for God!

We have to be dependable to profitable! How can you be profitable to someone if you aren’t even dependable? If you have a hard time showing up to where you are supposed to be, if you have a hard time fulfilling your duties, you will not be considered profitable to anyone.

Once you show that you are available when needed and show that you are dependable to fulfill whatever needs done, then you will become valuable and considered profitable!

Don’t be like Demas who forsook Paul! Be like Mark who was profitable and useful to Paul!

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Arm Yourselves “The Mind of Christ”

Back in January, I wrote a blog entitled Arm Yourselves. Last night in church, I saw the piece of paper that I had scribbled notes on about this subject and I realized that I didn’t share them all with you yet. So today, I am going to finish my thoughts on this subject.

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The word ‘arm’ in this phrase means to furnish or equip with weapons, to furnish with something that strengthens or protest, to equip or ready for action or operation, to prepare oneself for struggle or resistance.

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;”

I Peter 4:1

In the previous post of Arm Yourselves I talked about how we need to arm ourselves with the Word of God. Today, I want to talk about arming yourself with the ‘mind of Christ.’

What mindset did Christ have?

If we can figure out the mind that Christ had and arm ourselves with it, we will have a better chance of living a perfect, pleasing life unto God.

Arm yourselves with the mind of a SERVANT. When I think of Christ and His mindset while He was here on earth, I think of a servant. If you follow the life of Christ, He was concerned about helping others, about serving others. “After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.” John 13:5 One of Jesus’ last acts here on earth was that of a servant, washing the feet of His disciples. Being a servant requires you to be selfless. Being a servant requires you to focus on the needs and well-being of someone else. Too many Christians have a selfish mindset and don’t want to help and serve others. The ministry is serving others. When you are armed with the mindset of a servant, you have a better chance of avoiding sin. Why? Because sin is a selfish act. Find a place to serve, find a person to serve, find a purpose to serve. Arm yourselves with the mind of a servant!

Arm yourselves with the mind of a SOLDIER. You are probably wondering, did Christ have a mind of a soldier? I think he did. A soldier is a fighter, a soldier is someone who stands and fights for a cause. Christ had a cause that He had to stand and fight for while here on earth. He had to get to the cross a sinless man, Satan tried to tempt and derail Jesus from fulfilling His mission. We need to have a mindset of a soldier. We need to have a mindset to stand and fight for what is right. If you look around today, you will see a lot of Christians falling by the wayside, a lot of Christians being defeated by Satan. It is time that we stand and fight against sin and wrong! When you stand and fight against sin, you lessen the likelihood of falling into sin! Arm yourself with the mind of a soldier!

Arm yourselves with the mind of a SOUL WINNER. Probably the greatest mindset that Jesus Christ had is that of a soul winner. “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10 Christ came to seek and to save the lost! His greatest objective was to see people saved. This mindset takes a combination of the previous two and puts them into action. You have the mindset of a servant when you are concerned with the eternal well-being of someone and you have the mindset of a soldier when you fight back laziness and selfishness and go out and witness. Being a witness for Christ is not easy. It isn’t easy to be a soul winner but each one of us, if we are going to have the mind of Christ, need to be a witness for Him. Arm yourself with the mind of a soul winner.

We will not be able to make it far in the Christian life without the Word of God. We will not be able to put into action what we learn from the Word of God unless we take the mind of Christ.

Be a servant!

Be a soldier!

Be a soul winner!

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