Romans 8:5-6 – For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. (ESV)
I have now reached an age when I can no longer read the small print — any small print — without a set of glasses, or alternatively, a long arm extension and a magnifying glass! As a result, I have several sets of glasses that fold up into little metal containers about the size of a large lipstick container or a small cigarette lighter. As I set off for the day, I always attempt to carry one pair with me, in preparation for reading fine print.
The other day, I was a bit distracted and in a hurry to get to church on time, when I remembered that I had yet to pick up a pair of glasses and put them into my pocket.
As I set off down the stairs with my little case in my hand, I looked down to find that what I had picked up was not my glasses' case at all, but a black screw top from a bathroom bottle! "Silly me," I thought, and went to find the real pair of glasses, which I had left alongside my car keys.
As we went to church, I pondered this little episode, because although understandable, it was not normal, even for me!
There is always jeopardy in rushing into the day. If I have neglected to check before God what I am holding on to, maybe, just maybe, my assumptions are not God's will for today. Consequently, I may go on empty-handed, blithely believing I carry something desirable and helpful, only to become embarrassed when the need arises, because I have not checked!
Let us bring our desires and attitudes before God today and allow Him to check what it is we are intending to take with us!
Prayer: Lord, we come into Your presence again today by grace, bringing with us all the thoughts and attitudes that we have accrued over time. Open our eyes to the truth, enable us to check with You the desires of our hearts and minds, and cleanse us from all that is not pleasing and part of Your presence in our lives today. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
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