What Happens When We Think Precious Thoughts about Jesus
One of the most precious things a person can be given by God is a heavenly mindset, a mindset formed by the cross, a mindset that sees earthly reality in view of Scriptural truths. Romans 12:2 teaches: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Grace is the rule by which we live our lives. Jesus loves His gospel of grace. He loves that He offers us forgiveness as far as the east is from the west. He loves that He has won a people to Himself. When we come before Him with our sins, He welcomes us and washes us with his blood. And He does that by His incredible grace that we can never exhaust. It is truly amazing grace. Each one of us is a small picture of His gospel, when He looks at us who believe. We don’t fear sin because there is no punishment. Rather, we live by His cleansing grace, and honor it highly just as He does.
When we are thinking precious thoughts about the goodness and greatness of Jesus, we do not question whether or not God is to be feared. He is the great One. We possess a holy disposition before the great God of our souls. Our hearts bow because God is very high. Our hearts yearn for His glorification. Our minds know that He is exalted and His thoughts and ways are not ours. We stand apart from Him and know that He is to be magnified.
Jesus is the Lord — and we are so grateful that He is. We long for Him to lead and guide us in the ways of truth. We long to follow Scriptural patterns of goodness. We long to walk the straight and narrow path that brings holiness and righteousness to our days. In short, we yearn for Jesus Christ to be the Lord of our lives. We don’t want to lead but want to submit to His control.
When we think highly of Jesus, we value our relationship with Him very highly. We draw near to Him, and He draws near to us. So, when we reach out to Him for help and comfort, His care for us exceeds our desires. We feel enveloped by His comfort and love. The fact that the holy God of the universe would pour His love into our hearts is beautiful beyond description. We thank Him greatly and welcome all that He gives and brings to us, as He is the vine and we are the branches.
Because the things of this earth matter less and less to us, we are transformed into a spirit of contentment. We know that there is nothing we can gain that is of any value but Jesus Christ Himself. We know that it is good to know God. So, we can let possessions and values of this earth go.
When Jesus is our highest prize, we wait upon Him to see if He might call us into His service. We are honored so highly if He allows us to serve Him in any way. And we leave open the possibility that He might call any one of us at any time to take His gospel to a lost world.
My friends, let us think precious thoughts about Jesus. Let us be separate from this world, and cling to our Savior. Let us care about spiritual realities more than earthy realities. Let us be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Let us approve of what is good and great according to the Lord, and seek Him — draw near to Him — so that He and His gospel might be so very high in our sights.
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Lianna Davis is author of Keeping the Faith: A Study in Jude and Made for a Different Land: Eternal Hope for Baby Loss. She and her husband, Tyler, live outside of Dallas, Texas and have two dear daughters.