"GOD HATH ... GIVEN US ... A SOUND MIND." 2 TIMOTHY 1:7
A sound mind (2)
G.K. Chesterton once said of Abraham Lincoln: "This great man had one secret vice that was far more unpopular among his followers than the habit of drinking. He had the habit of thinking."
Cultivate the company of good thinkers: Solomon says, "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise" (Pr 13:20). When we submit our lives to Christ He doesn't tell us to abandon our minds, He tells us to "renew" them (see Ro 12:1-2). How do we win someone to Christ? By attacking what they think? No, that alienates them. We must do 3 things:
- Convince them that we truly care about them.
- Convince them that God truly cares about them.
- Find their wounded area and apply the healing balm of God's Word to it.
When it comes to sharing our faith, a lot of us are only comfortable talking to "down-and-outers." Hey, who's going to reach the "up-and-outers?" Paul said, "I continue ... witnessing both to small and great" (Acts 26:22). When Paul visited Athens he ended up on Mars Hill where he addressed some of the city's better minds. His words are a brilliant display of a spirit sharpened mind at work.
Paul was not a small parochial man, but a man in touch with his world. He was comfortable in a backwater town like Derbe, a business community like Ephesus, a political capital like Rome, and an intellectual center like Athens. "I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some" (1Co 9:22).
So discipline your mind, dedicate it to Christ's purposes and use it to touch your world.