We continue our series in discussing Assurance by looking today at an issue of the mind: That not thinking often enough about Christ may lead to doubt & lack of assurance. [For further details of this series go here]
Here's what William Patton says:
4. Not thinking often enough about Christ, and not dealing personally with Him.
Even though we may have clear ideas in our minds, if we do not often think about Jesus, and thank Him, and depend on Him, we shall not have much assurance.
But, on the other hand, if at our work in the house, or in the mill, or in the field, or along the road, we thank Him because He died for us, and is delighted to keep us from falling, and to fill as with His Spirit; and if we honestly and often look up to Him, and depend on Him, and tell Him that we do mean, by His grace, to follow Him fully; He will shine on us with the light of His countenance, and will say, "Thou hast ravished My heart, My sister, My spouse.”
“A little talk with Jesus –
How it smoothes the rugged road;
How it seems to help me onward
When I faint beneath my load."
Christ tells us that the greatest commandment is "To love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul and all of your mind" (Matthew 22:37). Hence telling us that we are to think about Him and meditate on Him much like Psalm 1 says about the righteous man; who meditates on God's law day & night.
Romans 12:2 tells us to be '...transformed by the renewing of (our) minds...' This with many other Scriptures, bring light to the importants of the minds meditation on Christ's person & Work. It almost seems weird to be discussing this because it seems so obvious, but I guess that this 'thinking of Christ' needs to be cultivated as we train ourselves to meditate upon Him in this way.
I remember hearing it said that a man thinks about sex every 3 minutes - wouldn't it be great if we could say that a Christian thinks of Christ as often, if not more?
I would feel that this weeks discussion centres on last weeks - a clear understanding of the Gospel. Because if we clearly understand the Gospel, who Christ is and what He has done then our hearts of love for Him will lead our minds to dwell on Christ our treasure.
Over to you - what would you say about this, what would you add, recommend or what is your own experience in this?