I found myself scrolling on Facebook and I stopped at a video series that I often catch myself watching "Good Mythical Morning." This video series is two guys that often try and experiment with different foods and post videos of it. This particular video, in light of Thanksgiving upon us, was a video where they stuffed a turkey with things foreign to the normal ingredients of actual stuffing. Some of these included: A Watermelon, a turkey sub, chocolate cake, and a football. Most of these items as expected did not taste good one bit. Sounds pretty repulsive does it not?Stuffing a turkey is a tradition when the right ingredients are used that produces a tasty side item. However, when stuffed with the wrong things or repulsive items why would we expect it to turn out good. We don't expect these items to taste good, because they are foreign or not normal items.
In the same manner, why when we fill our minds with foreign or unnatural things do we expect the result to be something good? We fill our minds with movies filled with obscene language and sexual content yet we expect to be okay. The "ingredients" we fill our mind with truly show when they come forth.
1 John 1:5 tells us that God is light and in Him is no darkness. Why would we who hopefully are aiming to be children of God, or children of light, fill our minds with darkness and things of the world? It is as if we stuff the turkey with chocolate cake and expect it to taste just like stuffing. What a naive way to think.
Notice these words in the book of James. "Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh" (James 3:10-12). We fill our minds with garbage and expect the end result to be something of value but how foolish is that line of thinking Notice also the words of Jesus in Matthew 12:33-35, "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things."
It becomes very apparent that we can not live on the fence. We have to choose a side. When we fill our minds with filth, we should expect that filth comes forth. When we fill our minds with good things, we should expect good things in return.
In the video I mentioned it is a silly thing and we quite often know the result before they taste the product. How much more do we know that what we fill our minds with will eventually come forth?
My question is what have you been filling your mind with daily?
Here is a quick check list one can use when it comes to choices we make when it comes to filling our mind.
Will this help or hinder my walk with God?
Will this prick my conscience?
Will this help or hinder my marriage?
Is this beneficial in any way?
Will this hurt my influence that I have on others?
While this list is not conclusive it will help point us in the right direction. Do not heed the lie of Satan when he tells you its not a big deal, it will be okay. Do not fill your mind with filth and expect anything less than that to make an appearance. Do not present yourself as a turkey that ought to be stuffed with tasty stuffing but rather in it is chocolate cake.