Disciple-Making, Agro-Gastronomically Speaking

If you stop and reflect on your week, what one adjective would you use to describe the things that have been on your mind? Exciting? Discouraging? Energizing? Gloomy? Ok, now take that adjective and compare it to the list of adjectives in Philippians 4:8. Is there any overlap?

If you find that there is less overlap than you would like, don’t be discouraged. Adopting a godly perspective is tough. As a matter of fact, it involves at least three different endeavors.

  • First, we must react well to whatever thoughts come into our heads as we go about life. This is something like sorting the good vegetables in our garden from the rotten ones and only putting the good vegetables in our kitchen.
  • Second, we must replace lies with truth. This is like ripping up weeds and planting good seed in their place.
  • Third, we must intentionally choose to dwell on certain thoughts rather than others, as Philippians 4:8 suggests. This is like choosing to eat healthy stuff from amongst all the possibilities of pantry, supermarket, and restaurant.

As you continue to read our Training Resources posts, realize that God may use them in your life to help you in all of these ways. Going forward you’ll not only be better able to distinguish right ideas about disciple-making from wrong ones (the first bullet point above), but you’ll also be able to replace lies with corresponding truth (the second bullet), all the while ingesting good thoughts about Jesus’ glory and mission (the third bullet). Hang in there. God is going to do good things in you!

Enough of our agro-gastronomical musings. Which of these three bullets do you find to be most intuitive, and which one takes the most effort for you? Leave a comment below!

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4 Responses

  1. Dana says:

    This is exactly what we studied this week in women’s Bible study! I love when God repeata a truth He is trying to get me to pay attention to. Thanks for sharing this reinforcement of truth.

  2. Kirk Iler says:

    I think it is hard for me to discern which of these is more intuitive than the others because they all seem to be related so closely with each other. Scripture memorization and an intimate knowledge of God’s word allows us to recall his word to keep our minds focused on good things. Galations 5:16 and 5:25 encourage us to “walk in the Spirit” which for me is being able to recall God’s word and then focus on good thoughts. Psalms 1 is a short Psalm that speaks to this issue and is easy to memorize. 2Timothy 1:7 tells us that we do not have to walk in fear for God has blessed us with a sound mind. This is the main way I keep my mind and thoughts on good things and always try to have a grateful and thankful attitude.

  3. Beth Farner says:

    This is really difficult for me. My mind is more like a cow chewing cud–I dwell on thoughts, particularly negative ones instead of sorting and replacing. This is good reminder for me, with a concrete image to remind myself with. Be the farmer, not the cow!

  4. Jack Gross says:

    I have recently been blessed by a spiritual mentor who is helping me with my theology. The more I study, the more I find I have misunderstood about God, his word, and his nature. But I have to say that as those weeds get dug out, I get to see Jesus more clearly.
    I think we all want to used by God to be productive soil. In my case, I think as the weeds get cleared away, not only will I have better understanding about God’s mission for me, but my desire for him will multiply as well. Some of my weeds have deep taproots though, so it takes a lot of digging. Like tenacious thistles, they don’t seem to ever pop out on their own, but with teamwork, I think we can get them dug out, one by one.

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