“…take every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5.
How does one obey Christ? By taking every thought captive. None of us will ever do that perfectly. But it’s always a good reminder that, after faith of course, obedience starts in the mind! Thoughts are tremendously important. I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to downplay the importance of thoughts, not that I would ever say thinking wasn’t important, but I downplay how much it matters that we don’t let our minds wander wherever. Someone once said, “thoughts are things” and I think that finds Biblical support here. How can we expect to live lives “worthy of the gospel” (Ephesians 4:1) if we loosely control what we think about? “Whatever is lovely, noble, true… think about such things.” As Christians, who are set free from the futility of our minds (Ephesians 4:17), we can control what we think about, and move away from thinking about evil things. How our lives and the lives of others might improve if we all did this consistently. More importantly, God would get more honor, as he sees it all.