In John Piper’s newest book, Think, he shares how thinking and learning should go hand in hand with praying and reading Scripture reading. Thinking and feeling should be a both-and instead of an either-or. However, Christians have made it an either-or. Many Christians today don’t focus on both, if any at all. The issue of thinking is not only a problem within the Christian world, R.C. Sproul writes that “we live in what may be the most anti-intellectual period in the history of Western civilization.” We want things fast and we want them easy, and we apply that to our faith lives as well.
In the Great Commandment, Jesus commanded us to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. Not part, not a little, not most – ALL. We are instructed to love the Lord with all of our minds. What does this mean? Piper writes:
Loving God is most essentially treasuring God–valuing him, cherishing him, admiring him, desiring him. And loving him with all our mind means that our thinking is wholly engaged to do all it can to awaken and express this heartfelt fullness of treasuring God above all things.
If we are to love God with all of our minds, we must dive deep into thinking and learning about Him through praying, reading, studying, etc. Thinking and feeling are not an either-or, but a both-and. The more that we use our minds to grow closer to God, the more we will understand what makes Him stir, and we can begin to feel closer to Him more and more. John Pick up Think today: http://www.crossway.org/books/think-hcj/