Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” ― Proverbs 24:24-27 (NIV).
Several times in Scriptures the word “fix” is used by God to give us direction. God gives us a clear direction to keep our focus fixed firmly on Him. Deuteronomy 11:18 (NIV) says, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” The Proverbs 4 passage cautions us to fix our gaze before us, to follow only His ways, to not be side-tracked by distractions. 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Hebrews 3:1 (NIV), “Fix your thoughts on Jesus.” And Hebrews 12:2 (NIV), “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
So, the call now is to “fix our thoughts on Jesus”. The word that is translated “fix your thoughts” is one word that means “consider or contemplate”. Sometimes, we just don’t take enough time to think, to consider, to meditate on who Jesus is, what He has done for us, and what He asks us to be in response. When it comes to renewing our mind, God has already done His part. And it is clear that He will not do your part. Consequently, we have a part to play in fixing our thoughts and renewing our mind. It is our mind. We need to learn to think like God thinks.
Fixing our eyes and thoughts on God does not mean we can stop certain thoughts from entering our mind. But what we do with that thought clearly shows where we are fixing our eyes and thoughts. Fixing our thoughts on Jesus means we consciously turn our attention to Jesus. This is voluntary. We often think our thoughts can just pop into our minds, and thus we have no control over them so they are involuntary. That is simply not true. We fix our thoughts on things. And while it would make sense to fix our thoughts on Jesus, it is not always easy. Sometimes we are faced with difficult problems and confusion. The pain and frustration can drive us to the point of despair. The problem simply does not go away. What can we do in these situations that do not seem to have a solution? The solution is to keep our focus on God by remembering that God became man.
Jesus Christ became human in order to provide forgiveness for the sins of humanity. He tasted death for everyone so we can have life. Because Jesus walked this planet He understands our weaknesses. He understands the temptations we face and the trials we endure. He is uniquely equipped to help us. The all-powerful, exalted Christ who has authority over all things, can completely empathize with His people. Because of these wonderful truths, the author of Hebrews encourages his readers – and us – to dwell on the person of Jesus Christ. Fixing our thoughts on Jesus gives us the strength to stand firm in our faith and not waver.
- How do our thoughts impact our actions?
- What’s one change you could make this week to secure your mind more?