I have been thinking about something for a while, so I thought that I would try and explain my theory to you. It may just help you out. We are all made up of Spirit, Soul and Body. Our spirit being the part of us that will one day go to heaven (or hell), our soul being our mind, thoughts, reasoning etc, and and our body being our body, feelings and desires. I believe that most human beings have this the wrong way around, and that causes many of our issues. Let me explain.
The usual default setting amongst humans is to put the body first. What do you feel like? What do you desire? What do you want? Life is all about me, and what I can get out of it. Just watch a few TV commercials, and you will see what I mean. You deserve this, you should have this, this is less effort, you can have this and others can’t. Do I need to go on? This is the body part of us, and it is the most demanding. It takes up most of our effort, and it is usually first in our priority. This is why people who don’t get what they want, or look like they want, take it so harshly. The problem then gets worse, because we then move onto the next step. Our mind. Because we are listening to our body, our mind is shaped by our desires, wants, lusts and feelings. We begin to condition ourselves to being selfish, we convince ourselves that we are either the centre of the universe, or we convince ourselves that we are rubbish. Depending on whether or not we get what our body wants. If this doesn’t mess your mind up, nothing will. We then start to look at spiritual matters with this mind, the one that has been shaped by our selfish body. Then we wonder why some people have some messed up ideas when it comes to spiritual things. I’m not surprised at all.
Are you like this? It is time to turn your life upside down.
Put your spirit first. God is a spiritual being, this is the part of you that He renews when you are saved. This is the part of you that is made whole, and that will go to heaven. Should this part not come first? If you put your spirit first, then your mind needs to follow. This is what the Bible means by ‘renewing your mind’ and ‘walking by faith and not sight’. We should be governed by our spirits, and renew our minds to fall in line with our spirits, and not with our bodies. Once we are born again, our spirits are made new, they are sealed by the Holy Spirit. Our spirits are perfect, and ready to go to heaven. Our bodies are not.. yet. If we renew our minds according to our new spirits, we will have a much better outlook on life. We will see things from God’s point of view and not ours, we will see more of His will done, we will see miracles and amazing things. Are we really arrogant enough to think that our ways are better than God’s? The way I see it, we seem to be governed by our minds, they decide what we do. They seem to be too busy listening to our bodies when they should be listening to our spirits. Our spirits are third in line, when they should be first. And our bodies are running the show, when they should be taking orders from our spirit. Then when Paul talks about ‘dying to self’, we don’t like that.
So what do we do now? Switch it around. Read the Word, understand what God is calling you to do, how He is calling you to live. Then renew your mind around that. Make that your priority. Get your body to listen to your mind, which is lead by your spirit, which is lead by the Holy Spirit, which is revealed through scripture. Sound easy enough? Well it isn’t. Paul describes it as ‘taking up your cross daily’. Do I do this myself? I try to, but I do get it wrong sometimes. It is not something that we change over night, it is something that we spend the rest of our life trying to perfect. I may not have arrived, but I have set off on this journey. I can assure you that I would not change this for the world.
Turn your life around!