Monday, March 13 – Philippians 4:8

Mar 12, 2023

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 

“It’s not that big of a deal.” At some point, you’ve either heard this phrase or used it yourself to justify doing or not doing something. Many of us use this as justification for the things we consume through TV, movies, or online, but today’s passage confronts this laid-back approach. The things we consume, how we spend our time, and what we think about are all important to God. In other areas of our life, we understand this important connection. We see how the food we eat affects our health or how we feel each day. We see how a negative outlook can make a mountain out of a molehill and affect many other areas of life.

 

When we follow Jesus, we surrender all areas of our life to Him, not just those that are convenient. It is tempting to be casual about our thought life or time spent on social media but when we recognize that our lives have been surrendered to God to be used for His purpose, we start to take these matters more seriously. But we can be encouraged: this is not a task we take on alone. As Paul said in Ephesians 6:10-11, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” We don’t seek holiness in our own strength; we do it through God’s.

 

  • What are most of your negative thoughts about? How do you address them?
  • What are some things you have considered “not a big deal”? How does today’s passage challenge that approach?
  • Pray and ask God to open your eyes to the thoughts and practices of your life that prevent you from living out the truth in this passage.
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