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YOUR Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste!!! Romans 8:5-8

YOUR Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste!!!

Romans 8:5-8
Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
 

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BlogFam, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is an American philanthropic organization that funds scholarships for black students and general scholarship funds for 39 private historically black colleges and universities.  In 1972, the UNCF adopted, as its motto, the maxim, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." This maxim has become one of the most widely recognized slogans in advertising history.  The motto, which has been used in numerous award-winning UNCF ad campaigns, was created by Forest Long, of the advertising agency Young & Rubicam.


Forty years after this motto was created, David Sable, global CEO of Young and Rubicam has this to say -  
 “’A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste’ has become emblematic of some of the best values of America -- a belief in equal opportunity, in education, in human dignity and hope. And some of the best values in advertising, too: the timelessness of great emotional creative that’s rooted in insight, in emotion, in a great story that has the power to create a legacy… Our work for UNCF is a great reminder of what our industry does at its best --
find the human truths, then artfully transform them into powerful, emotional ideas that persuade and motivate.”
 

Friends, whether or not you support the UNCF, I believe that we can all agree with its universal motto that: a mind IS a terrible thing to waste.  However, today I invite you to take ownership of this same maxim, personalizing it as we all look forward to our Eighth Day.  I want you to know that YOUR Mind is A Terrible Thing to Waste!!!  AND I also want you to know that long before Young and Rubicam created this maxim for the United Negro College Fund, the Apostle Paul coined the very essence of this maxim in his writing to the church at Rome.  And while, Paul’s words as we read on today have not been shrunken to one precise, pre-packaged slogan for the church, the values undergirding the UNCF motto are not original to Young and Rubicam.  Furthermore, what Paul admonishes in these words run deeper than the emotional and social impact of the UNCF’s very popular and powerful maxim.  Paul’s language impacts the soul.


Those who live according to the flesh have their MINDS set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their MINDS set on what the Spirit desires. The MIND governed by the flesh is death, but the MIND governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The MIND governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.
 

BlogFam, YOUR MIND is a terrible thing to waste!


So, what’s on your mind?  As you are looking forward to bigger, better, and brighter things, what images are you playing in your mind’s eye?  Have you been transformed by the renewing of your mind so that it is set firmly, unapologetically and uncompromisingly on what the Spirit desires?  OR is there still room in your mind for satisfying your fleshly, worldly, and selfish desires?  I will not at all pretend to know what is in your mind but I am clear that we can all give clues about what is inside.  For what is IN you, WILL come out of you and the scripture tells us – For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.  So, you are probably giving us clues, whether you are aware of it or not.  And above what we can hear from you and beyond what we can see about you, God knows.

 
BlogFam, YOUR MIND is a terrible thing to waste!  AND I do appreciate the distinction that Paul makes here.  Paul clearly articulates how our actions are a result of what has been in our minds all along.  IT just does not happen.  I do not care how you try to fix that story, IT never just happens! Paul uses two different words that alert us to this reality – SET and GOVERNANCE.  Among other definitions, to SET means to determine, to fix, to direct or settle resolutely or wishfully.  To GOVERN means to rule over by right of authority, to exercise a directing or restraining influence over.  I know that you might have glossed over the differences, however slight, in the use of these terms in our verses for today but let us pause for a moment and consider their depth.


In verse 5, Paul warns us about what we have determined in our minds.  To set our minds on someone or something does not necessarily mean that we have acted upon that which we have in our minds.  However, this is why we must be “mindful” of what we settle resolutely or wishfully in our minds.  Paul is reminding us that if we SET our minds on things of the flesh, if we fix our minds on things of the flesh, if we settle resolutely our minds on things of the flesh, then our minds CANNOT and WILL NOT at the same time be directed to live in accordance with the Spirit.   AND the natural progression from a mind fixed on things of the flesh is for that mind to then govern our actions accordingly.  For we see in verses 6-8, what is in our minds will then exercise a directing influence over our actions.  Therefore, the actions we take as a result of our minds being ruled over by right of authority by our flesh, will be of death and NOT life and peace.  Furthermore, The MIND governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.  Period.

 
Friends, YOUR MIND is a terrible thing to waste! So, what’s on your mind?  As you are looking forward to bigger, better, and brighter things, what images are you playing in your mind’s eye?  Have you been transformed by the renewing of your mind so that it is set firmly, unapologetically and uncompromisingly on what the Spirit desires?  OR is there still room in your mind for satisfying your fleshly, worldly, and selfish desires?  Will your mind govern you to act in accordance with your flesh or with the Spirit?  There is no in between.  And you must be clear about this as you move on.  
 
Galatians 5 says: The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.  Friends, what’s on your mind? Is your moving on an effort to fulfill the lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, or the pride of life?  What’s on YOUR MIND?

OR is your moving on filled with life and peace and marked by the Fruit of the Spirit [love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control]? [Galatians 5:22-23]  What’s on YOUR MIND?
 

My sistas and brothas, as you prepare to move on, I pray that you would take inventory of YOUR MIND.  I pray that you would ask our God to transform you by the renewing of YOUR MIND.  I pray that YOUR MIND would be set to live in accordance with the Spirit and that the Spirit would thereby govern your actions towards life and peace.  I pray that YOUR MIND would not be hostile toward God.  I pray that YOUR MIND would be determined, fixed, directed, and settled resolutely to submit to the Word, the Will, and the Way of God.  I pray that the Spirit would rule over YOUR MIND by right of authority and would exercise a directing or restraining influence over YOUR MIND.   For the word is TRUE:

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

AND YOUR MIND is a Terrible Thing to Waste!
 
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Delesslyn
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