As a kid, did you ever play king of the hill? It had the tendency to get extremely violet depending on who you were playing with. Pushing, shoving, kicking, or pillow fighting made the game intense, exhausting, and exhilarating all at the same time. The one thing you had to be in the game was completely alert. If you weren’t, you were doomed for failure. Completely focused on am onslaught in front of you, you could be whacked in the back of the head by another player if you didn’t stay alert. Holding your position was no easy task, but possible.
Remember that – possible.
There’s always a winner in king of the hill. Strength, will, and pure determination keep you on top. You don’t win this game by relaxing. You win this game by staying on your toes, you win this game by focusing, you win this game by enduring hit after hit.
Believe it or not, the game king of the hill is prevalent in your spiritual life. In fact, in your life, you are in a constant very similar battle: the battle of who will be the King of your mind. In your daily life, your mind is bombarded by thoughts, images, and ideas that you must battle. Some thoughts are uplifting, others are detrimental. As a Christian, we are in a spiritual battle with Satan. Our mind is a battlefield, and we must stay diligent, alert, and strong in order to keep Jesus Christ and His ways on the forefront of our minds. Whoever has control of your mind is going to have control of your life.
Many times in the Bible, Paul admonishes us to guard our minds. In this ongoing battle, we cannot control the thoughts that we are attacked with, but we are responsible with what we do with those thoughts. If we allow ourselves to dwell on things that are not holy and uplifting toward God, our actions, manners, and relationships with God and others will be affected. To win this battle, you must be prepared, you must keep your guard up, you must stay alert at all times. Just like in the game of king of the hill, you can be completely focused on something in front of you, winning the game, knocking down the competition, and suddenly out of nowhere, you can be hit with a bomb from a direction you weren’t even aware of. It is during these attacks, that we have to remain alert. You must guard your mind, you must protect it. Whatever you allow yourself to mull over is what your life will become. If you want your life to be fruitful in the ways of Christ then you must keep His likeness upon your mind at all time. We must consistently filter our thoughts through God’s word.
For to set the mind of the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace – Romans 8:6
Being a Christian or becoming a Christian is not a “walk in park.” You don’t become a Christian and everything in your life suddenly becomes perfect. Being a Christian is a constant battle over ownership of our hearts and minds. You enter a battlefield between your flesh and your spirit. Between Satan and Christ. Between the things of the world and the things of Christ. The only way to conquer this battle and the only way for Christ to be King of your mind is to guard your mind, filter every thought through the word of God, and to continually set your thoughts on the things of Christ.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth.– Colossians 3:1-2
Continually setting your mind to the ways of Christ is the only way to win this battle of the flesh while we are here on this earth. Our minds are gift from God to us, and it is our job to be good stewards of them. We are to guard them and protect them from context that could harm us and send us down paths that are not fruitful.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.– Romans 12:2
Who is the King of your mind? Who is winning your battles?