Bible Studies for Life Lesson for February 14- What Will It Take to Change Your Mind?
February 2 2010 by A. Shane Nixon, Director of Church and Community Relations, Baptist Retirement Homes

Focal Passage: Philippians 3:2-15; 4:8

How often do we think about excellence?  Maybe when we see it or experience it? But beyond that, do we make an effort to think about the concept of excellence? When Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, he urged them to “think about” (among other things) excellence. 

Paul includes in his list of suggestions for thought:

“ . . . whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable . . .” Philippians 4:8, (NRSV).

The encouragement here, it seems, is to be thinking of excellence so that we will know excellence — so that it will be on our minds. When I first looked at this lesson, specifically at its title, I made an assumption that the question was somehow “in the negative.”

That is, I saw it asking that question “What would it take to change your mind?” hoping your answer would be nothing. But I think now it speaks to mindset as opposed to conviction. 

Paul is asking what it will take to get you to keep your mind on the things of Christ. 

Much is made about which TV programs Christians should and shouldn’t watch; which songs they should/shouldn’t listen to, and where they should and shouldn’t go on vacation. But what if our mindset made those decisions easier? What if our mindset made it so that there weren’t any decisions to make, only a course of action to follow; a course of action that had excellence, the excellence of Christ, as its goal?

Most of us can’t stop long enough to think in our daily lives. We are busy and when we have some down time, we prefer the mindless, the droll. We don’t want to have to think about anything, much less excellence. But we need to change our minds.

What WOULD it take to change your mind? What would it take to go from the droll of day-to-day life to the excellence that is worthy of our praise? 
2/2/2010 6:02:00 AM by A. Shane Nixon, Director of Church and Community Relations, Baptist Retirement Homes | with 0 comments

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