These statements let us know that thinking is Let’s important in our lives. think about thinking. We are taught to think. 28 Now when He camethink? A man 23 "But what do you into the temple, hadchief sons, and he came toof the the two priests and the elders the first people confronted work He was and said, 'Son, go, Him astoday in my vineyard.' teaching, and said, "By what authority 29 You answered and said, 'I will not,' are "He doing these things? And who but afterward he regretted it and gave You this authority?" 24 But went. Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, 30 "Then he came to the second and which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell said likewise. And he answered and you by what authority I do not go. said, 'I go, sir,' but he did these things: 25 "Which of the two did the will ofit 31 "The baptism of John--where was from? From heaven or from men?" And his father?" They said to Him, "The they reasoned among themselves, first." Jesus said to them, "Assuredly, I saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say to you that tax collectors and say to us, 'Why then did you not believe harlots enter the kingdom of God him?' before you. say, 'From men,' we fear 26 "But if we 32 multitude, for all count in the way the "For John came to you John as a of righteousness, and you did not prophet." 27 So they answered Jesus and and believe him; but tax collectorssaid, "We do believed him; and said to them, harlots not know." And He when you saw it, you did not afterward authority "Neither will I tell you by what relent and believe him. I do these things. We are taught to think. We are taught to think. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. We are taught to think. Let this mind be in any 15Therefore if there isyou which was also in in Christ, if consolationChrist Jesus,any 6 who, being in if any comfort of love, the form of fellowship ofconsider it robbery God, did not the Spirit, if any to be equal with God, affection and mercy, 7 fulfill my Himself of no 2 but madejoy by being like- reputation, taking the form of minded, having the same love, a being of one accord, of one the bondservant, and coming in likeness mind. of men. 8 And being found in 3 Let nothing be done through appearance as a man, He selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, esteem others better than even the himself. death of the cross. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. We are warned about wrong thinking. 1 Then the scribes and 4 "For God commanded, Pharisees who were from saying, 'Honor your father Jerusalem came to Jesus, and your mother'; and, 'He saying, who curses father or mother, 2 him be put to disciples let "Why do Your death.' transgress say, 'Whoever 5 "But you the tradition of the to his father or do not says elders? For theymother, wash their hands when "Whatever profit you might they eat bread." have received from me is a 3 to God" -- giftHe answered and said to them, he need not also 6 'then"Why do you honor transgress the his father or mother.' Thus commandment of you have made theGod because of your tradition? commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. We are warned about wrong thinking. 7 "Hypocrites! Well didcame 12 Then His disciples Isaiah prophesy to Him, "Do You and said about you, saying: 8 'These people draw near know that the Pharisees to Me with their mouth, And were offended when they honor Me with their lips, But heard this saying?" their heart is far from Me. 13 But He answered and 9 And in vain they worship said, "Every plant which the Me, Teaching as doctrines My heavenly Father has not commandments of men.'" 10 When He be called the planted will haduprooted. 14 "Let them alone. They multitude to Himself, He said are blind leaders of to them, "Hear and the understand:if the blind leads blind. And 11 blind, both will fall into the"Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but a ditch." what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man." We are warned about wrong thinking. 16 So Jesus said, "Are you also still without understanding? 17 "Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? 18 "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 20 "These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man." We are warned about wrong thinking. 1 My brethren, do not hold the 5 Listen, my beloved brethren: faith of not chosen the poor the Has God our Lord Jesus Christ,of Lord of glory, with partiality. this world to be rich in faith and 2 For if there should come into heirs of the kingdom which He your assembly a man with gold promised to those who love Him? rings, in fine apparel, and there 6 But you have dishonored the should also come in a poor man poor man. Do not the rich oppress in filthy clothes, you and drag you into the courts? 3 and you pay attention that 7 Do they not blasphemeto the one wearing the fine clothes noble name by which you are and say to called?him, "You sit here in a good place," fulfill the the poor 8 If you reallyand say to royal law man, "You stand there," or, "Sit according to the Scripture, "You here at my footstool," shall love your neighbor as 4 have you not shown yourself," you do well; partiality among you show partiality, you 9 but if yourselves, and become judges sin, evil thoughts? commitwithand are convicted by the law as transgressors. The way we think will determine what we do. 19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; The way we think will determine what we do. 24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. The way we think will determine what we do. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself. Our thinking determines whether we… 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self- control. Against such there is no law. What are you Will you think thinking about? about your life and eternity? Will you think about making your life right with God?