“Finally, brothers, 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.” Philippians 4:8
So, what do you think? How often do we hear this phrase? A discussion is taking place and someone may turn to us and ask, “So, what do you think?” Often the emphasis is just that, on our individual ideas and opinions. The person asking may be looking for input and other ideas, but more often than not are only interested in finding agreement with what they already believe.
May I suggest that whenever we hear that question asked of us, we stop and mentally change the focus onto the word “think“. Otherwise, our answer is often given without any real thought. As Christians, when we stop and think, our answer should contain much more wisdom and understanding because we serve a God who is generous in His giving of these qualities if we would but ask. When we stop to think, it gives us time to focus on a Christ-like response. It no longer becomes our opinion that matters, but God’s opinion takes first place.
Philippians 4:8 gives quite a list of things we should think about. When our life is consumed with thinking on the things that Paul lists for us, we will be a different person. The world needs people who are different from the ordinary. Thinking on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy will begin a process in our lives that will completely transform us. This transformation continues when we follow up with verse 9, an admonition to put into practice the things we have learned.
May you live a life thinking on the things of God so that your answers to a lost and searching world will bring people to Jesus Christ.