What kind of picture does your mind’s eye see when you read Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 10?: “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”
I see myself chasing a butterfly with a flimsy net. Want to know how successful I’ve been? Not very.
But I like the Benham brothers’ take on that Scripture. They make it practical enough to practice — which, of course, is Paul’s/God’s intention. Try these on for size. Do they help you?
“Take captive every thought, not allowing it to make itself at home in our minds . . .” (p. 159)
“Take every thought captive–to kill the seed before the sprouting of the weed.” (p. 160)
Though I’m as far as you can get from possessing football knowledge, I know that intercepting the other team’s pass and running it toward your goal is an opportunity each team looks for. I imagine myself reaching up to capture an unforgiving, impure, or deceptive thought and changing it’s direction to one that will please Jesus; one that would line up with His Word.
Or I could imagine doing quality control as a conveyer belt drives fruit down the line. Galatians 5:22 and Philippians 4:8 serve as my guide. When jealousy and selfishness come down the line, I grab them quickly and discard them. When fruits of truth, gentleness, and patience come down the line, I know they will serve the Body well and I let them go to do just that.
One thing I know is that I can’t do this myself. I need God’s help, and because He cares for my health and that of the Body, He is more than willing.
Ever Dependent–Ever Growing,