It’s so hard not to be glued to the news these days. Whether it’s keeping the TV or radio going non-stop throughout the day to make sure we don’t miss anything, eating dinner with the evening report, or repeatedly checking the internet headlines—we want to stay informed.
For all the good reasons for keeping up with the news, we must we careful that it does not become our obsession—our primary source of input—outweighing the input of God’s Word in us. The Psalmist wrote, “Oh how I love Thy law! It has become my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:97). We do well to pay attention to what sorts of attitudes and perspectives are being formed in us by content and volume of what we put into our minds.
Consider this: Does your information diet have the net effect of raising your anxiety? Do you search out the news headlines to bolster your anger? Do you look to the news of the day out of some wish to find hope ("Has the stock market rebounded yet?”) Do you passively absorb everything you hear without any critical filter?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, your head might not be in the right place.
This really isn’t a profound thing to say—it’s just true: What we feed our minds with will shape our thinking. How we think will have a dramatic effect on our attitude, our character, and our whole outlook on life.
In Colossians 3 Paul reminds us that we are called to a whole quality of life in Christ, one that is in dramatic contrast to the world. And this quality of life requires that we pay attention to where we are doing our thinking. Paul said, “Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth.”
Setting our minds on the things above will shape our character in a way that puts away things like “evil desires, anger, abusive speech, lying.” (Colossians 3:5-11)
Setting our minds on the things above will shape our attitude in a way that exhibits “humility, kindness, gentleness, compassion, forgiveness, and unity.” (Colossians 3:12-14).
Setting our minds on the things that are above will shape our whole outlook on life. The peace of Christ will rest in our hearts and make us thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
But here is where the difference is made: Setting our minds on the things above is “letting the word of Christ dwell in us.” You have heard the saying, “What goes in comes out?” Read again these words from Psalm 1: “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season.”
Are you concerned about what’s coming out of your heart? (Or should you be?) Check what you have been filling your head with.
Prayer: Lord, give me a passion to get into your word, that your word would get into me—so that your word is what will come out of me in my character, my attitude, and my outlook on life.