Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Control Freak Part 1

Off and on throughout the years of my Christian walk, I have often wondered what it is that God wants me to do. You see, I'm a bit of a control freak. I like being in control. There - I admit it! The term "control freak" is generally considered a derogatory term. However, I have asked God to help me turn this around in my life in such a way that it is actually a positive thing. God is faithful, and He is continually showing me ways to do just that. I will be sharing these ways in a series of posts. I hope you will be encouraged and empowered as you see how God reveals to us how to be in control!

Let me begin the series with Hebrews 3:1

Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. (NIV)

Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, (ESV)

Notice that the NIV uses "fix your thoughts on Jesus", and the ESV uses "consider Jesus". I did a word search on the term "consider" (because it is also what the KJV uses, and most word studies use the KJV). Here is what I learned:

The Greek word for "consider" is katanoeo. This comes from two other Greek words: katah, which denotes intensity, and noieo, which means to exercise the mind; to think from up to down, to a conclusion. The full definition of katanoeo means to observe fully: - behold, consider, discover, perceive. (source: http://www.e-sword.net/)

I then looked up the definitions to behold, consider, discover and perceive, and it gave me a better understanding and appreciation for the Greek definition of katanoeo.

  • behold - to perceive by the visual faculty; see. To perceive through use of the mental faculty; comprehend.
  • consider - to think about carefully... to look at thoughtfully.
  • discover - to notice or learn, especially by making an effort.
  • perceive - to become aware of directly through any of the senses, especially sight or hearing. To achieve understanding of, apprehend.
(source: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/)

So, in order to be in control, I need to perceive through my mental faculty, think about carefully, especially by making an effort to achieve understanding of Jesus Christ! 1 Corinthians 2:16 tells us that we (believers in Christ) have the mind of Christ. This passage in Hebrews has a lot of meaning to me in that it encourages me (and all followers of Christ) to use our brains! We are not mindless robots, but we are "holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling", and we are to "fix our thoughts on Jesus". Controlling our minds is vital to a victorious spiritual life. There are multiple Scriptures that point to this truth, however, I will stop here for now.

So, my fellow control freaks, take heart! We are called to be in control - of our minds. Consider Jesus today, all day, and in the days to come.

1 comment:

another control freak said...

Wow, you're a control freak too? Well, so am I. But I hate it when control freak's used as a derogatory term.

The reaosn that I'm a control fanatic is because lots of people say and do things that I don't want them to say and do.