Romans 8:5 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.
We (Dave and Heidi) have our alarm clock set for 6:15am every morning. The dial is tuned to our local radio station and every morning the alarm peacefully alerts us with a Christian song that it’s time to rise and shine. We like the alarm settings just the way they are. However, we happen to have a four year old who loves electronic things, buttons, and dials. One morning we woke up to the blast of the alarm at full volume. The DJs were talking about something between songs, so we basically woke up to someone yelling at us. Not a great way to start the day.
How many of you have settings that you like just right, on your computer, on your alarm, on phone, whatever?
Our minds have settings too. Our original settings are those of the flesh. The Old Adam wells us and easily fills our mind, fixing it on selfish desires. But in baptism, in justification, we are given a new mind, new settings. Our new settings reflect who we are in Christ. Our new settings are set on the “things of the Spirit.” What are the Spirit’s things? Love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. Good stuff!
When Luther instructs us to remember our baptism daily, this is the daily setting of our minds. Luther knew, as the Spirit knows, we need daily reminders of what Christ has done, so that we can live what Christ has done in our relationships.
Here are some setting-our-mind ideas we use at our house:
Post Bible verses on your fridge, on your mirrors, on your walls – surrounding yourself with the Word is like auto-reboot on your computer. Change them occasionally for a reset.
A cross in every room- it’s hard to argue and look at a cross at the same time.
Pray for others – it’s hard to hold on to selfishness when your lips are murmuring the needs of those you love.