Most people think that losing your mind is a bad thing to do. I mean really, what happens to you when you lose your mind? You give up your way of thinking and all that you have learned until now! All of your bad habits, silly repetitions and fear of things that may never happen are gone. I remember growing up my mother used to ask me if I had lost my mind when she could’t figure out why I did some of the things that I did. Even though I didn’t use the best judgment, I hadn’t lost my mind. I was from childhood a product of my parent’s teachings and the friends I grew up around. I took all of the influences and began growing into my own way of thinking and doing things. Now I wasn’t a heathen (thanks to my mom) so I had the Bible to help shape my mind, but I would still have “my mind” as a primary default. The Word of God came secondary.
I’ve heard and read Romans 12:2 (be transformed by renewing your mind) at least a hundred times. But it never came to life for me until I made the decision to give up my way of trying to figure it out and renew my mind though Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. I had to choose to take on the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16b)…but we have the mind of Christ. I had to make Him primary guidance in my life. Just like armor, you have to wear Him everyday (Ephesians 6:11). You can’t have it unless you put it on.
Your thoughts of success and failure are exchanged for a biblically-based, Christ mindset. When you awake, you see the joy in the day and as you rest you see the peace in the evening. You must take on His thought patterns and His words of defense against the enemy. Every thought you have needs to come in alignment with the word of God. Respond the way Jesus responded to the situation. When a storm arrises, you have the power to say “peace, be still” Mark 4:39. Facing sickness, you have the power to say “your faith has made you whole” Luke 17:19.when enemies attack, you have the power to forgive and challenge the enemy’s hold on your life and the life of others. How do I know all of this? John 14:12 tells me, that “greater works shall I do.”
Well, I’m looking forward to doing greater things with my renewed mind. That’s why I choose to lose my mind, to gain the mind of Christ. I have to use His example to to gain his mind, direction and love for all mankind (1 Timothy 2:3-4). Like Him, I desire for all men to be saved.
When you find that the mind you lose is not worth finding, just to do it your way. If you are anything like me, I’ve tried long enough to lean on my own thoughts, with my own reasoning and in my own failures. I quit! I’m done with thinking like my mind tells me to think. I have lost my mind, yet I have gained the mind of Christ. Join me in this exciting paradigm shift. No more I but the Christ that lives in me. Galatians 2:20.
Pastor Kenneth Fleming, Ed.D.