One of the greatest attributes (if not the greatest) of man is his ability to think or rationalize. Take one glance at the news or media, on any given day, and you might not be convinced; however, God did give man this distinct ability. The ability to think, reason, and rationalize, when used righteously (as God intended) is life saving; on the other hand, when used maliciously, it can be detrimental. Recall the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11-32? It was only after the wayward son reasoned within himself or “came to his senses” as some versions will state (vs. 17), that he went back to his father. In this case, the son’s reasoning was life saving because of the actions that followed. How about the parable of the talents? Remember what happened to the man who was given one talent at the king’s departure and only had one when the king returned? (Matt 25:24, 25) His reasoning led him to not make the most of what the king had given him; figuratively speaking, he slept on his talent and it led to his own demise because what he had was taken from him and he was thrown in the place of torment.

How about you? Daily, does your reasoning lead you to do things that are Godly or ungodly? (Hint- there is only one correct answer if you claim to be a Christian) When your reasoning is spiritually focused, then your actions will be as well; conversely, when your reasoning is based on self-justification, you’ll do whatever is most convenient to save yourself.  (see Gal 5 :16-24). Galatians 5:24 says this, “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” Basically, those who are committed to Christ will reason and act in an unselfish manner, seeing as though they no longer live for themselves, but for God. If you consider yourself to be a Christian yet your thoughts and actions are always self-serving, and never Christ-like, your reasoning is definitely skewed and you should revert back to the word of God and seek Godly counsel for a spiritual tune-up.

Assess your thoughts and actions daily and determine whether they are self-fulfilling or aimed to please God. If you determine that they are pleasing to God, great…keep striving to do so! If you find that your thoughts and actions are centered on the idea of self-preservation, change while you still have time! Luke 9:24– For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it! (NASB)

 MD-2/22/12

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