"The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace" (Romans 8:6)

The Greek word for mind is "phronema", from which we get our word "prone." If we are prone to something, it means we are inclined towards it and can be heavily influenced in that direction. For instance, Scots are prone to drinking whisky, which results in Scotland having the highest alcoholism rate in Europe. Scots are also prone to eating lots of candy, which results in the worst tooth decay in Europe. Scots are also prone to being very hospitable, which also makes it one of the friendliest places in the world.

What we are prone to shapes our lives. For Paul, those who were prone to worldliness, sinfulness, and selfishness resulted in lifeless souls and dead spirits. But for those who were prone to the Holy Spirit, the consequences were eternal life and everlasting peace with God.

These days, we talk about giving our heart to Jesus, but what about our minds? Are we intellectually connected to Christ and His teachings, or are we just emotionally tied to Him? The heart establishes our relationship to Christ, but our mind either rejects or accepts His authority, and this is expressed through our behavior and the things we are prone to do. For instance, if we say that we have had a born-again experience with Christ, but continue to do criminal, immoral and self-destructive deeds, then our minds have not fully accepted Him. This appears to be the modern dilemma of the church where a lot of people base their faith on their own feelings rather than foundational teachings of Christ.

The challenge for us today is to make both a heart-felt connection to Christ and a mindful focus on Him. Wherever we are and whatever we do today, we need to filter our decisions and deeds, not just through what we feel is right, but through what Christ would determine as being right.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we love to give You our hearts, but we find it difficult to give You our minds. Help us to show our heart-felt commitment to You through our mindful submission to Your Way, truth, and Life. In Your Holy name, we pray. Amen.

John Stuart
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