Fresh Hope – 23rd October 2018

What if the way you perceive reality is not necessarily reality? We only expect what we are exposed to. When we only see small, we live small. When we are shown greater things, we hunger for greater things. The beauty of walking with God is that he exposes us to greater things all the time. He shows us that there is always more. Therefore Christians should be the biggest minded people on the planet!

We become small-minded when we accept and expect whatever is in front of us here and now, with no vision or desire for more.

Here are 5 traits of big-minded people:

1. They watch their words.

Small towns or communities have a reputation for gossip. This is typically because the people are so focused on the small world in front of them, that EVERYTHING is a big deal. They have lost perspective, and a sense of greater purpose in a bigger world. They have forgotten what really matters. Big-minded people don’t have time to get caught up in the affairs of others, when they are serving a big God, and carry a big mission in their hearts. They have important things to put their time, energy, and thoughts into (Ephesians 4:29).

2. They give…big.

People with a small mind fail to see the bigness of God. They live with the mentality of getting whatever they can, whenever they can for themselves. They live in survival mode, fearful of lack, so they consume, consume, consume.  With themselves always at the forefront of their thinking, they live in a constant state of ‘what is in it for me?’.

Big people, on the contrary, give knowing they are looked after by a God with unlimited resources (2 Corinthians 9:6-8). They see the long-term value of sowing and actively seek out opportunities to bless.

3. They respect.

Big-minded people respect those around them. They are receptive to wisdom, and understand that they don’t have it all. They are respecters of all people knowing that life isn’t all about themselves, and fulfilment goes beyond meeting the needs of yourself, and is instead found in serving others.

4. They forgive…quickly.

A big-minded person doesn’t have time for the damaging effects of grudges and bitterness. Like a physical wound needs tending too quickly to avoid a festering infection, a big-minded person, tends to their emotional wounds quickly before infection spreads. They don’t hold offences and can be a bigger, powerful person by displaying grace, mercy, love and healthy confrontation, rather than revenge.

Colossians 3:13-14  ‘Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.’

5. They have vision.

Small-minded people live for the gratification of now. Their primary purpose is to following their feelings of whatever feels good right here, right now. They lack vision for their whole life, let alone the generations to follow. Big-minded people make intentional lifestyle and character choices that are beneficial in the long term, even the generations to follow.

The condition of our mind is powerful. Romans 12:2 says, ‘Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind’. Culture today teaches us that behaviour modification will bring your freedom. This is not true transformation. You can try and manage the symptom of your behaviour, but only for so long. True transformation occurs when you get to the root of the problem – your thinking! If you want to transform your life then let the Holy Spirit transform your thinking, for this is the root of your behaviour patterns.

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

Live big lives, with big minds. You were made to, and can under the guidance of the Holy Spirit!  Look beyond today and live with a generational vision! 

Emma Burchell

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