Arresting Thoughts

Scripture doesn’t tell us much about what Jesus did on Wednesday of this week, but that doesn’t mean that something wasn’t happening.

The seeds that were planted on Monday in the minds of the chief priests when Jesus caused a ruckus in the Temple started sprouting on Wednesday.

In Mark 14:1-2, 10-11 we read how Judas and the chief priests and scribes started to plot on how to betray and kill Jesus.

From a thought to a feeling then to action

No one simply wakes up one day and thinks, “This is the day I’m going to commit adultery. I’ve been faithful to my spouse my whole life, but today that’s changing.”

Or…”I know all my life I’ve been a good employee, friend, neighbor, or parent, but today’s the day I go totally bonkers and cheat, defraud, backstab, and harm that person who trusts me.”

Instead we are led away by a thought. Then we start to dwell on that thought. We start to rationalize. We make a comment and pass if off as a joke. Or we start to becoming a little too emotionally invested in another person, thing, or idea. Until finally we are consumed by it and take action.

What can be done?

We find a way to break the cycle in 2 Corinthians 10:5:

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Just like weeds in a garden, you have to take care of them when it first starts. As Christians we have died to ourselves and instead are now alive in Christ. So we must submit every thought, feeling, and action to Him. Our worldview and life filter must be Him and his Word.

And it’s not just sinful thoughts that need to be made obedient to Christ, others like fear, insecurity, worry, grief, and shame do also. That’s not to say that we ignore or deny our thoughts/feelings. But instead we pause to ask, “What would this look like if Christ was Lord?”