A brilliant mind is brilliant because the quality of the thinking is brilliant. The same mind is as capable of having discouraging, defeated, degrading thoughts as it is brilliant thoughts. It’s an operator control function.
We will always have thoughts. It’s how we are designed. We get the privilege of choosing the thoughts we have. Beyond the power of positive thinking, which is indeed powerful, is the fact that when we choose Jesus, we inherit the ability to think with Him, to know what He is thinking. This is beyond positive thinking. This is the place where Christianity distinguishes itself from other world religions. As Christian, we are invited into a relationship with Jesus which brings all sorts of bonuses. In this case, we can think with Jesus.
The Apostle Paul tells us that we have the mind of Christ. He also taught that we grow in our relationship with God when we allow our minds to be transformed. The point is that when we let our relationship with Jesus give us upgrades in our thoughts, we are using our mind the way God intended us to use it.
If you’re like me, you need the “where the rubber meets the road” application.
On the threshing floor
I like to 2-way journal. If you’ve not tried this, email me and I’ll share some tips and tricks that could take your quiet time to a new level.
In my journaling the other week I heard this, “Take your thoughts to the threshing floor.”
That’s great, but I’ve never been to a threshing floor, so I had to look it up. Harvest included reaping, threshing, and winnowing. Reaping is the gathering of the crop in the fields. Threshing separates the straw from the grain and winnowing separates the grain from the chaff. The chaff is the dry scaly part that surrounds the seed as it ripens. It’s not edible, and you can’t plant with it on the seed.
Before the industrial age brought machinery to the agriculture communities, farmers would harvest their crop and take it to the threshing floor. The threshing floor is where several things happen.
- The edible is separated from the straw
- The plant stalks are threshed in small amounts, by hand
- Often the threshing was done in community
Here’s the application. How do we use the mind God gave us to think brilliantly with Jesus?
- We think that thought (reaping)
- We take it to Jesus to weigh it against how He thinks about it and course-correct any areas of that thought that don’t line up with what Jesus thinks (threshing)
- We bring it back to the situation or circumstances and let it be fruitful in an abundantly positive way (winnowing)
We take every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)