Walk as children of light 9(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord….
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit… Ephesians 5:8-10, 15-18
Have you spent some time lately thinking about how you are thinking?
God is interested in your metacognition. The quality of your life with Him and in all your relationships depends on it.
Here’s some questions to help:
Are you living as a child of light? The Gospel brings us into the revelation of the glory of God in Christ and into the reality of God’s comprehension of our whole lives. No need to hide before Him. Bring your life honestly and in its rawness to Him.
Is your thought process informed by an increasing desire to please God? If so you will be seeking to discern what is pleasing to God.
Are you paying attention to your life and relationships in order to live wisely? Are you living in a bubble or are you aware of the interconnectedness of your life to God through Christ, to people, to yourself, and to the stuff of earth?
Are you seeking to make the most of your time in each day? Is there any urgency in how you use your time?
Are you seeking to be full of the Holy Spirit? The mind and life under the influence of the Spirit of God is the grace available to us who are in Christ Jesus. The counter concern is that we not give up the capacities of mental engagement to drunkenness. Such a life leads to the persistent relinquishment of our thinking ability and leads us into habituated patterns of thinking, feeling, and acting that are in opposition to Jesus.
Are you thinking about your thinking yet?
I had a friend who used to say to me when he didn’t like what was coming out of my mouth or anyone else’s, “Now that’s stinking thinking!” When you hear it, repent, and ask the Spirit of God to align your thinking with the truth and grace of Jesus Christ our Lord.