“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.” - Romans 8:5-6
Jesus said “come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” In this life, we face daily struggles, life challenges, setbacks and the victories alike. We have days where we cannot possibly do all that needs to be done and it can be overwhelming. And when we try to do it with the wrong mindset we will find ourselves dying inside. The fleshly mindset is one of self-sufficiency and self-will. But the mind GOVERNED by the Spirit is life and peace. To be governed means we yield control. There is a struggle against our own will that must be laid down. Hebrews 4:11 instructs us to “strive to enter that rest.” So (I am exhorting myself here) – let us lay down our “to do” list at the feet of Jesus. My list always has more on it than I can possibly get done. But God says his burden is light. He knows all of our problems, responsibilities, fears, and challenges. We can trust him. He knows what we need to do. He does not call us to be lazy or unproductive. Very much the opposite. But we need to seek first HIS Kingdome and HIS righteousness... then all these things will be added. He must come first. We need to start and end our list with Him. And everything in between needs to be yielded to Him. And we have this blessed hope... that one day we will stand before him and He will say "well done, good and faithful servant - enter into your rest."
Heavenly Father, you know all that I have to do today. You know what I want to do - and what you want me to do. I yield to what YOU want me to do. Let my mind be governed by your Spirit today. Let my thoughts, my words, and my actions be pleasing to you. Help me to be faithful and true. Give me clarity of thought and purpose. And may you be so gracious as to use me to bless those around me, to administer your grace to others. May it be so in Jesus’ name.