Choose your pop culture slogan: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste” or “Get, get, get,-get your head in the game.” Whichever you choose will not only reveal your age but you will come away with the notion that the brain is an important part of your existence. As these slogans suggest, you engage your brain regularly whether you are at work or play. What has been nagging at my brain lately is whether or not we fully engage our minds in our spiritual journey. As a Pastor and Biblical Counselor, I observe that believers are sometimes quick to disengage the mind while applying full throttle to his feelings when it applies to his walk with God.
This blog is the first in a four-part series that will encourage counselors and counselees to make the brain an important part of one’s spiritual growth formation. For this blog, I simply want to give 3 reasons why the need for this mini-series is a “no-brainer.”
1. The role of the mind in biblical counseling writing needs to be emphasized.
The Biblical Counselor will notice a heavy emphasis in the movement’s literature on the concept of the “Idols of the Heart.” Of course I use this biblical concept regularly and appreciate the vast amount of literature that speaks to the counselee’s need to cultivate the heart. With that said, I can’t help but notice that the emphasis of the idols concept has left the “Arena of the Mind” in it’s wake. Aside from aforementioned book and some seminars, the mind in biblical counseling writing is a topic largely ignored and therefore, ripe for discussion. I hope that this series of posts stimulates some quality writing on the biblical concept of the mind in spiritual formation , which will have a direct and significant bearing in the counseling room.
2. The role of the mind in biblical counseling practice needs to be emphasized.
Anger, lust, depression, addictions…many problems in life can surface as the result of someone yielding solely to his feelings. I’ve heard a wise maxim that said, “You can’t begin to act like Jesus until you think like Jesus.” I think that there is a lot of biblical merit to that. Jesus always chose to do the will of the Father, whether he felt like it or not. He engaged His mind to obey the Father on the night before His death because He certainly didn’t feel like it. His actions followed His thinking, not His feelings. Counselees can learn a lot from Jesus’ use of His mind in making important, God-pleasing decisions. I ask that counselors be sure to consider the mind along with a strategy for dissecting the idols of the heart.
3. The Bible speaks often about the mind in spiritual growth.
I want to leave this post with this final point that simply serves as an introduction to the remaining three parts of this series. Indeed the Bible speaks to the Idols of the Heart concept but my goal here is to remind biblical counselors of the significant amount of biblical data regarding the mind in one’s walk with the Lord. I trust that I am not alone in some of these observations and hope you find this series profitable…all for the glory of our great God!