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To Be Spiritually Minded

April 5, 2010

John Owen gives three distinctives about being spiritually minded that I find helpful and encouraging in keeping my affections from being “inordinately upon the things of this world.”  Below is a summary of his points:

  1. Being spiritually minded is actually an exercise of the mind.  The mind exercises its meditations and desires upon things heavenly and spiritual.  The mind is not simply rational, but the power “that sets the frame of the affections.”  The principle of the affections are what the the mind engages itself upon.  What do I spend my time thinking about?  Where does my mind wander when given the chance?
  2. The spiritual minded cleaves to spiritual things.  The force behind being spiritually minded is found in being born of the Spirit.  Earthly things cannot satisfy their spiritual cravings.  Do I find myself easily or inordinately satisfied with things that will perish?
  3. Spiritual things can only satisfy the spiritual.  Owen writes:

There is a salt in spiritual things, whereby they are made savory unto a renewed mind; though to others they are as the white of an egg, that hath no taste or savor in it…  We taste by experience that God is gracious, and that the love of Christ is better than wine, or whatever else hath the most graceful relish unto a sensual appetite. This is the proper foundation of that “joy which is unspeakable and full of glory.”

Pray that the Lord will give you spiritual taste buds and eyeballs to taste and see his goodness.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 6, 2010 6:35 pm

    Thanks for this great summary. Where can I look to follow up on this in Owen?

  2. John Starke permalink*
    April 6, 2010 7:33 pm

    Hey Billy,
    Its volume 7 of John Owen’s works – “On Being Spiritually Minded”

    http://www.wtsbooks.com/product-exec/product_id/741/nm/Works+of+John+Owen%2C+Vol.+7%3A++Sin+and+Grace/?utm_source=jstarke&utm_medium=jstarke

    Thanks for the comment.

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