Feasting With Nobility
Verse 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Yesterday we talked about how we needed to put into practice what we are learning during our weekly Sabbath feast. Today we start breaking it down into bite-size chunks by looking at some specific ways that feasting should be changing our lives.
The last part of today’s key verse says that this is a list we must think about. Other versions of this verse say that we are to fix our thoughts on these things. Fixing our thoughts is an intentional action and one that we need to take. It is so easy for our minds to get sidetracked with things in the world. Things like anxiety and materialism can easily shake our footing because it takes our thoughts off of what the Father has blessed us with.
This is one way the feasting on His Word rights our thinking. When we fix our thinking on the things of God we start seeing things in a clearer way. For instance when we think on what is true the lies aren’t there to bring us anxiety. Yet, how do we know what is true? By feasting on His Word and the truth of its pages. Acts 17:11 tells us, “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” Feasting on Scripture daily puts us in the company of such noble people. We will know more of the truth of the Word and therefore be able to identify lies when they come across our path.
We also need to focus on what is right. To focus on what is right takes us one step further into our focused thinking. To fix our thoughts on what is right isn’t just about thinking about what is true. We may have gone through something like a betrayal and we know the truth but if we keep focusing on the wrong committed we will become bitter. Bitterness isn’t a rightful thing to fix our thoughts on.
Once again we need to remember that this action of fixing our thinking requires intentionality and it comes from feasting on the Word and wanting to be like Christ. To have Christ-like thinking we have to make up our mind to be soft to the working of the Spirit through the teaching of the Word of God.
Making It Personal
How hard do you find it to fix your thoughts? What thoughts tend to derail your train of thought? What do you need to do to change that?
Making It Personal Kids
What does truth mean? What does it mean to think about what is right? What is a good thing to think about?
Father, please give us a heart to be intentional in our thinking. May we seek Your Word daily so that we have Sabbath thinking every day. In Jesus’ name, amen.