My son just started school again, and this I know about him –his favorite subject will be based on whatever teacher is the most fun. If a teacher is boring and fails to have a sense of humor, then Caleb will not like that class, regardless of the content.
“Fun” is his simple sorting tool.
Treasure the class if it’s fun. Mentally throw it out if it’s not.
What if we could have such an easy sorting tool for our thoughts?
Treasure the thought if it’s ___________. Throw it in the garbage if it’s not?
In his book, Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper makes this statement:
“Human wisdom nullifies the meaning of the cross of Christ, but God’s wisdom upholds the meaning of the cross.”
So here’s how we sort out our muddy brainwork:
Treasure the thought if it exalts the meaning of the cross. Throw it in the garbage if it does not.
Can you imagine running every musing of the mind through this filter?
- Those things you say about yourself all the time –do they exalt the meaning of the cross or nullify it?
- Those thoughts you have about your husband –do they exalt the meaning of the cross or nullify it?
- The way you value your money –do those thoughts exalt the cross or nullify it?
Thoughts about your friends, your body, your purpose, your enemies, your hope, your habits, your ambition…are these thoughts to be treasured or tossed?
“Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom.” (1 Corinthians 1:24 NIV)
Let’s wisely practice using the truth of the cross as a sorting tool.