2 Peter 3:1
“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:”
The greatest battle in the Christian life is always in the mind. Your mind is where you overcome sin, and it is where you choose to do something for God. The mind is also the place where you entertain thoughts of faith, and even impure thoughts. If you can win the battle of the mind, you will be able to live a victorious Christian life.
The verse above says, “…stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:” The fact that you have to stir up the mind in the Christian life means that the mind has somehow been lulled to sleep. When God says that the mind needs to be stirred up, He is saying that your mind has either lost interest or has been distracted from what it is supposed to do. The importance of your mind being stirred is so that it keeps you passionate about serving the LORD. If your mind needs to be stirred up, it means that you have lost the excitement of the Christian walk. Now, God says the only way to stir up your mind is by “way of remembrance.” There are several ways that I would like to share with you what I do when I need to stir up my mind because it has lost the excitement or passion of what I need to do.
The first thing I do to stir my mind is to read God’s Word. God’s Word has a way of getting you refocused on what you should be thinking. One reason believers lose their passion is because they have started thinking about the wrong things. Getting into God’s Word is a way of resetting the mind back to what it should be thinking about. I have found in my life that I can stir up my mind for the things of God if I purposely sit and read God’s Word until the Holy Spirit starts pointing out truths from God’s Word. My friend, if you stop reading before God gives you a truth, you will fail to stir up your mind.
The second thing I do to stir my mind is to remember the first time. If my mind needs to be stirred for preaching, I go back to the first time I had an opportunity to preach, and I remember how excited and honored I was to have that opportunity. Now, this can be applied to any area of the Christian life or Christian service. Bringing your mind back to the first time is what stirs the mind to remember why you were so passionate about what you are doing.
The third thing I do to stir my mind is to remember the privilege of being able to serve the LORD. I don’t get to serve God because of me, but I get to serve God because of Him. Never forget the privilege you have to serve God. God is not fortunate that you serve Him, but you are privileged that He would allow you the opportunity to serve Him. When you start thinking that God needs you is when you will lose the passion for serving God. Remembering how privileged you are that God would even use you will help you to keep the passion in your service for God.
The fourth thing I do to stir my mind is to go soul winning. I have found that soul winning is one of the quickest ways to bring excitement back to the Christian walk. When you lead someone to Christ, it creates an excitement that nothing else can do. If you find yourself in a lull in your Christian walk, go find someone who is lost and show them how to get saved. You will find that your mind will be stirred to do more for God when that lost person accepts Christ as their Saviour.