Evil thoughts are learnt. A baby gets a pure mind as a birth present. One's mind is not empty but God has initialised it with good thoughts. When growing a child abandons the thoughts given by God and learns wickedness, which overwhelms one's mind. The mind of an adult is like a wall filled with evil writings and pictures. Jesus Christ calls you to adopt a childlike mind, for He has the power to wash clean your mind. He presents you with new attitudes and thoughts.
How cute are baby animals! How lovely are human infants! Why are we charmed by them? Especially the shapes and the expressions of their faces excite something pure
in us. There is something in them, which is a ray of purity reflected from the face of God. Glory to God, He is the source of loveliness! The whole nature
has lost much of its purity because of sin
. Fortunately God will one day recreate everything and remove sin forever.
The word Designer is included in the word Creator. What God designed He also created
. Every designer always expresses in his plans something of himself. Because He Himself is lovely He has created cute things! Jesus says: "Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven." Mt.18:10
If you look down on the childlike
mind you look down on the loveliness of God.
God has put something of Himself not only to the face of a baby, but also to one's mind. God is pure
minded. The mind of a baby is not an empty wall, but God has initialised it with pure thoughts. "At that time Jesus answered and said, 'I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.'" Mt.11:25-26
If you want that God approaches you and reveals His secrets to you, adopt the childlike
mind. A child receives a message without doubts from the person whom he/she loves
. So fall in love with God to be able to learn from Him.
A child is eagerly waiting for things to be told to him. An adult eagerly examines to be able to find out the truth
. When he has invented something he is proud
of his doctrine
and is bumptious with his discovery. Adult-like mind wants to define the truth and it doesn't appreciate a message that is revealed to him as a present.
Jesus calls adult-like minded to forsake their thoughts and to become childlike
minded. The disciples
made an adult-like question to Jesus and got the advice to change and become like little children: "The disciples came to Jesus, saying, 'Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.'" Mt.18:1-3
This is not a request to be credulous
but to be pure
minded. People are often childish when they receive mindless things, which lead them to conflicts with themselves. So that you would not mix the childlike
mind with the childish the next explanation is needed: "Do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature." 1Co.14:20
To become a grown-up means that evil things grow in us and not only better understanding. Therefore Jesus sees that the salvation
means becoming a childlike
Learning evil things begins younger and younger, but at the latest the puberty is the time of the Fall. A child must become independent, but it doesn't mean that he should do just the opposite of what the parents say.
Godless adulthood is rebellious and knowingly tries to get rid of the commandments of God. Peaceful and smiling baby faces are fading out under the pressure of evil. Instead of them gloomy peace or restless joy
appears on the hard faces. When man gets more self-assurance his rebellious spirit changes to proud
dignity and dissolute joy.
May he, a conceited, wise and learned adult forsake his dignity and receive Jesus as the wisdom
of God. If God has hidden something from you, do not think that you are able to find it out. Do not become a theologian
, because it means that you have rejected the childlike
mind. Do not make God the object of science
, but let Him make Himself known to you.
Mind of God's child
No-one can purify one's mind oneself. On the other hand God purifies
nobody with violence
. You can come to Jesus as you are. On the other hand close to Jesus you don't remain as you are. When Jesus forgives
us our sins
He also affects a new mind in us, if we remain in Him."Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Ro.12:2 "You put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness." Eph.4:22-24
So do not be satisfied only with good conscience
, for Jesus wants to give you more. Unclean
mind brings about new sins
, but pure
mind protects against temptations
. Great is this lovely secret: How the Spirit of God renews thoughts and attitudes!
Becoming a believer
of Jesus means becoming a child of God. The appearance of this new creation
in the unclean
minded man is a great challenge to every believer. Every day the attitudes of the old creation must be put to death and the consciousness must be opened to the mind of the new creation, "til we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children." Eph.4:13-14
What kind of person is a spiritual
grown-up? He has the mind of Jesus Christ. "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus." Php.2:5
The used Bible version: NKJV