5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so … (Romans 8).
Most of the time we think in terms of “What am I going to do today?” — when the real question should always be, “What am I going to think about right now?” In other words, as we read here, “What is my mind set on?” Is it set on the things of God, or is it set on the things of this world? Is it set on the Spirit of God, or is it set on the spirit of this world? Is it set on the things that bring death and destruction, or is it set on the things that bring life and peace?
One of the greatest inventions of all time is the cruise control in a car. You set it at a certain speed (under/at/ the limit), then take your foot off of the gas pedal. Voila! You don’t have to worry about being stopped for speeding, because it makes sure the car does not exceed that set speed — unless, of course, you hit a sharp decline, in which case you will need to put on the brakes.
Just so, in the new birth we have our minds set on Christ, giving us a predisposition for the things of the Spirit, life, and peace. Yet, when the devil, the world, or the flesh try to hasten us on in a downward path, we put on the brakes by confessing the sin, repenting of it, and believing in the forgiveness that is there.
Lord, thank You for setting our minds on Christ. Help us This Day to put the brakes on anything that would steer us away from Him. Amen.