The Most High, foreseeing the mechanism and harmony of the world, had made heaven and earth, established sea and waters, and the seedsof plants, and the bushes in thickets, sun, moon, and starts, fire and all needful things, birds, fish, and cattle, beasts and animals - and last of all the first man, to rule them through foreknowledge.
- Columba, Altus Prosator (Irish, 6th century)
For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
- 1 Corinthians 2.16
Columba was among the first of the Irish peregrini, those wandering evangelists who left kith and kin to go wherever the Lord might lead them, proclaiming the Good News of the Kingdom of God. Columba was a man of considerable scholarship, as he reveals in his sweeping poem, Altus Prosator.
Note how the stanza quoted above begins and ends: God, in His infinite wisdom, "foresaw" the creatures and workings of the world; then He created man to "think His thoughts after Him." We are called to be the agents of God's rule on earth, thinking with the mind of Christ how best to serve the Lord with every created thing and every opportunity He puts before us.
Columba thus identifies the uniqueness of human beings with our ability to know God, to think like God, and to carry out God's good purposes and will with everything He entrusts to our care. Today, everything you do, every task - no matter how humble or great - and every encounter with others presents an opportunity for advancing the goodness of the Lord. How we think about what we do will determine how we do it. If we see our lives as of little signficance, and our tasks and relationships from a merely mundane perspective, we will not make the most of them for the cause of Christ and His Kingdom (Eph. 5.15-17).
But if we see our lives as Jesus does, and think about them as He does, seated as He is (and we with Him) at the right hand of God, everything we do will take on eternal significance, and we will strive to live in such a way as to refract the glory of God into every situation, opportunity, and relationship of our lives.
Columba, and all the Irish scholars and missionaries, understood this, and they devoted themselves to living this way as witnesses for Christ. We will know that revival is beginning to take place in our lives, day after day, as even the most mundane of tasks and the most casual of relationships become in our mind - thinking the thoughts of Jesus - opportunities for bringing God's glory to light.
His glory is our hope - to know it, and to show it. You'll be thinking with the mind of Christ and experiencing revival when you live each day from, in, and for the glory of God. How about today?
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