Words from the Heart for Thursday June 30th, 2016

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)

What to Think About

Nothing is as inspiring as a godly example. The apostle Paul offers his life as a model to imitate and encourages us to follow his example and think about what reflects God’s glory. Who do you know that exemplifies godliness? How can you follow their example?

Listen to Words from the Heart

Devotion

A study released this past April by polling firm Kanetix.ca states that more Canadians than ever before are thinking about purchasing an electric vehicle. The growth of interest in the Tesla brand is a big part of that. The survey, which polled nearly 3,800 respondents in B.C., Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia, found that 48.7% of Canadians polled would consider an electric or hybrid car when they make their next car purchase. Tesla’s Model 3, an entry-level US$35,000 electric car, was available for pre-order last month with a $1,000 deposit. The company has reportedly received almost 400,000 pre-orders for the Model 3, which won’t be available until 2017. Besides the buzz around Tesla, Andrew Lo, COO at Kanetix said. “Canadians are willing to investigate these types of cars because there are some provincial rebates or incentives for purchasing them.”

It’s always interesting to discover what people are thinking about. The Bible is very clear in its teaching about what God’s people ought to have their minds on. Philippians 4:8-9 says “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” A person doesn’t have to spend much time online to discover what those who don’t follow Christ have their minds set on. Much of it is the gratification of the flesh and is primarily about making the person feel better. What a contrast to what the redeemed are called to focus on. Our minds are to centre on what will increase our love for Jesus Christ and draw us closer to Him. It begins with things that are true. This is a call to be people of God’s Word, the Bible. Sadly, our generation is noted for a lack of Biblical engagement. What a profound change would take place if every Christian was a committed student of God’s word. With that foundation, we would naturally focus on things that are lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy? What is your mind set on? Do you take time daily to read the Bible and allow your mind to focus on the truth? Everything else falls into place when you do.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley