My thoughts are a little on the flighty side these days. In any given minute, my mind will scroll through at least a dozen topics, so when I embarked on my study of the word “thoughts,” this verse in Hebrews gave me pause.
“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, who we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest” (Hebrews 3:1 NIV).
Fix my thoughts? Mercy, that’s like holding down a sugared-up toddler on a trampoline! Seriously, I think my focuser is broken.
And there I go again making it about me.
Fix your thoughts on Jesus. There. That’s better. When I make it about Jesus, this verse seems more doable.
As I dug into this verse, I loved seeing how other Bible translations worded the phrase.
- ” … consider Jesus” (ESV).
- ” … take a good hard look at Jesus” (MSG).
- ” … think carefully about this Jesus” (NLT).
- ” … take note of Jesus” (NET).
In his exposition of Hebrews, Alexander MacLaren said, “The root of weakness lies in the neglect of that solemn and indispensable duty to consider Jesus, in patient contemplation and steadfast beholding.”
The man may be long-dead, but his words ring relevant for today. I am at my weakest when I allow my mind to be all over the place. I can’t afford not to consider Jesus.
Out of curiosity, I looked up the word “consider” in a thesaurus.
Here are just a few of the synonyms: contemplate, deal with, examine, scrutinize, study, inspect, meditate, ruminate, and mull over.
Here’s the thing about those words. They all indicate prolonged, uninterrupted attention-to-detail. You can’t contemplate or meditate in the five minutes between make-up and breakfast.
I remember the day I moved into my apartment a couple years ago. The leasing agent gave me an inspection form on which I was supposed to note anything that was wrong with the apartment. She advised me to be thorough in my inspection so I wouldn’t be charged later for repairs that were already needed before I even moved in.
I started at the front door and examined that place as if my life depended on it. I wrote down every cracked tile and every squeaky cabinet. I noted every snag in the carpet and every dent in the wall. When I turned in my inspection sheet, that leasing agent had no doubt what was wrong with apartment 2011.
When I inspect Jesus, no matter how hard I look, I won’t find even one fault, and the only blemishes I’ll find are nail scars. I’ll find a love that won’t quit. I’ll find unwavering submission to God. I’ll find a power strong enough to heal the sickest and raise the deadest. I’ll find patience and passion, joy and justice, hope and humility, faith and forgiveness.
I think I’d best get busy.
You are an awesome sight. Perfect in every way. Perfectly holy. Perfectly loving. Perfectly worthy of my constant attention.
I struggle to make my thoughts be still.
The more I gaze upon Jesus, the more I’ll know Him, the more I’ll love Him, and the more I’ll be like Him.
I have so far to go, Lord. Right now, my mind flits from thought-to-thought like a honey bee on a mission.
Change my mindset, Lord. Cause every flittery thought to land on You.
When I think of loved ones, remind me that You love them more than I do.
When I think of ones who hurt me, remind me that Your grace is for them, too.
When I think of my to-do list, remind me to leave room for divine appointments.
When I think of my finances, remind me that Your account never gets overdrawn.
When I think of the past, remind me that Your mercies are new every morning.
When I think of the future, remind me that You are already there.
Fixing my thoughts on Jesus and praying in His name,
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