The Bible persistently calls us to fix our attention on Christ (Heb.12:2), to set our minds on Christ’s agenda (Col.3:1-2), and to keep thinking about and praying for the triumph of Christ’s return (Mt.6:10, 33). Add to this a long list of exhortations for Christians to be mindful of the needs of others and thoughtful regarding the concerns of others (Heb.10:24; Phil.2:3; Eph.4:29; etc.), and there is little time or energy left to expend much of our thinking on ourselves. This is clearly by design.
Our sinful, default proclivity is for our thoughts to be entrenched in pondering our advancement, our appearance, our acceptance and our advantage. And that pattern remains relatively unchanged for far too many of us. If for any given period we were to honestly monitor the focus of each of our thoughts, we would likely be surprised at what a vast majority are selfishly fixated on ourselves. The Holy Spirit wants to change that. His instructions are for us to occupy our minds with thoughts of God’s kingdom, Christ’s fame and the needs of others.
Let us, with his help, understand our fallen inclinations and purposefully set our minds on God’s glory and the good of others.