As an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ who is being conditioned by the renewing of my mind, the idea of “keeping my mind on my work” is not simply a figure of speech. Those who refuse to examine their attitudes and thoughts in light of God’s word are called fools in Proverbs and are described in
Proverbs 18:1-2. “Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.”
A fool is one who isolates himself from anyone who challenges his own opinions because he is determined to do exactly whatever he has decided will make him happy. Not only is he determined to have his own way, he attacks and tries to shout down anyone who dares to question his decisions. Please notice that this insinuates he is headstrong and wrong, but it actually only says he is wrong in that he is headstrong.
“A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” Again, how awful would it be to have all your facts correct, to have your opinions and even your theology be flawless, and yet be what the Bible calls a fool because of your attitude?
So, still to be examined – what does the Bible say about work?
See you next time…