I was with my granddaughter in our garage and came across an old tube of something I didn’t recognize. I could not read the ingredients on the label and wondered what was inside. It could have been glue or grease or pipe sealant or even toothpaste. I asked my granddaughter what she thought it was and she said “just squeeze it grandpa, just squeeze it”.
Ahhh… of course, what ever is inside will come out. I did not do that, I just threw it away.
I thought about what my granddaughter had said and realized that this can be applied to many things in our lives. This is not only true in the natural, but as well in the spiritual realm. If you want to find out what is inside of something (or someone) place it (or them) under a little pressure. What ever is inside will come out. If there is something that comes out of you that is inappropriate or sinful…it is not situational, but probably internal.
I fix computers on the side for family and friends. Their problems are often not mechanical, but viral. It wasn’t their hard drive or optical drive-but the problem was what was downloaded then stored. Have you ever heard the axiom “GIGO”? It means “garbage in…garbage out.”
What are you storing inside your spirit or your inner man? What are you feeding on? What comes out of your mouth or mind when you experience problems in your life? Do you want to run over that person who just cut you off in traffic? Do you want to bless that person or just get even when they forget to replace the empty roll of toilet paper, or forget to recap the toothpaste? As you pass people on the street or in the grocery store do you judge those that have body piercings or those who do not dress the way you think they should? What goes on in your mind? Do you bless them or judge them?
If we fill our mind with good things, good things will come out. If we meditate on God’s word we begin to renew our mind against what is carnal and start the process in having the mind of Christ. If our past has a history of abuse or dysfunction or neglect, we probably struggle with destructive or carnal thoughts and we react and respond without the freedom we receive from Christ and without having the mind of Christ. We are caught in the web of thoughts that reflect an unchanged mind and heart.
Can we really have the mind of Christ? Is that really possible or is that just some spiritual psycho-babble, mumbo-jumbo that only preachers talk about from the pulpit? Is that even possible? It sounds so unachievable, certainly beyond the average person.
Philippians 2:3-5 says: “In whatever you do, don’t let selfishness or pride be your guide. Be humble, and honor others more than yourselves. Don’t be interested only in your own life, but care about the lives of others too. In your life together, think the way Christ Jesus thought.”
David Wilkerson wrote: “Rebellion … is a refusal to seek His [God’s] mind in all things. We can never obtain the mind of God by relying on our own reasoning.”
Romans 12:2 says “And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and ye prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. ”
To obtain the mind of Christ, we must begin to think as He thinks. That begins when we wash our mind with His word. We meditate on it. We think about how we can apply those things we read in His word to our lives. We hunger and pray and then expect a fresh revelation from His word every time we read it. The Father wants to reveal Himself to us. That process of revealing Himself is His responsibility, not ours. He won’t fail, as long as we hunger for and diligently seek after Him.
So let us be challenged…seek after the Father through His Son. Wash your mind with His word, seek His face , listen for His voice and perhaps………
The next time we are squeezed …out will come the substance and aroma of Christ.