“Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.”
One of the defining characteristics of the Jews is a desire and reverence for God’s laws because it kept them close to Him. Living with a futile (useless, fruitless) mind leaves it empty to be filled with worldly thoughts instead of thoughts held captive to Christ. I don’t know about you, but I am terrified of developing a hard heart and being separated from God because of my ignorance. Is your heart tender towards God’s thoughts, or are you coasting along on your own understanding?
"THINK ABOUT ALL THINGS PURE AND LOVELY."
LORD, your thoughts are perfect, and your plans are good. Thank you for your Holy Spirit, who helps me know you through prayer and understanding your Word. Please forgive me for hardening my heart through worldly thinking. Please help me to turn my thoughts to you. Please remind me of how much I need you.