“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” – Colossians 3:2-3
Neuroscience (the study of the brain and nervous system) is incredibly interesting, particularly in the way it highlights the applicability and truth of Biblical-teaching on our thought life. Dr. Joe Dispenza writes that “The length of time we give attention to something in life, along with our repetitive thoughts, forms our neurological writing.” In other words, the more we think about something, the more it becomes solidified in our hearts and minds, and this can actually affect and change our brains’ wiring.
The Apostle Paul may not have had access to this scientific research when he wrote Colossians, but the truth of Jesus and His Word transcends all time. God created our brains; He knows exactly how they work. So, it’s no wonder then that science today only affirms what God knew all along.
Jesus taught over and over again the beauty of a faithful life that loves and obeys God’s Word. When we look at the life of Jesus, we see Him model this focused dedication to walk in God’s calling and purpose, even when it led Him to the cross. He even faced well-meaning disciples, like Peter, who attempted to take Jesus’ mind off of His impending mission and suffering in Jerusalem. “Get behind me, Satan!” Jesus responded. “You are a stumbling block to Me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” (Matthew 16: 23). He became man to fulfill His Father’s will to save us.
The heart of Jesus was always locked on His Father. His mind was set on the cross, and nothing could deter Him from it. Jesus knew exactly who He was and exactly where He was going. His thought life was laser-focused on one thing: God and His life’s mission.
What about you? Where do you need God to begin rewiring your thinking? Identify what thoughts consume your attention and pray that God would be the fountain by which every other thought spouts from.