I come in the other night like 1.30am, right? And as I am walking up the stairs my mother who had heard me come in says, “Christopher..” I was secretly joyful inside that she had heard me come home, cause usually she is fast asleep, and this night I needed some encouragement. I found myself in a sticky trap, mentally, that I know myself to become subject to when it’s late and I’m tired and I’m coming in from a long day. It’s hard to put into words, but I am going call it the “Masterless Mind” for the sake of this blog, although theres so much to it that I don’t know if that covers completely what I’m trying to say. My mother did what a mother does best, and she listened to my slightly compromised and diminished thoughts from the wee hours of the morning, and I went to bed glad to have such a jewel of a mother that I do. Now reflecting back on the event from a well rested mind, I see the trap I was in.
Seasons come and seasons go in my life, where I find myself around numerous people and then theres periods of time where I spend more time to myself than with others. This regimen of falling in and out of groups has been something that has always been predictable and seen; and subject to the “Masterless Mind” I fall weak in times where these seasons are changing. I fall weak to thinking that I am worthless, or unappreciated, replaceable, that in the end I am vain. I’m a sinner and there is so much wrong with me, that in all aspects I am pointless and ineffective. And it is almost immediate that those thoughts move from what I think people think about me or I think about me, to what God thinks about me. Now it’s a fine line between the “Masterless Mind” and Sin, but dwell in the “Masterless Mind” for long enough and Sin will accompany you. So in looking to avoid Sin, one must look; I MUST LOOK, to avoid the “Masterless Mind.”
The “Masterless Mind” breaks down into three motions, like this:
1. The Mind has not set or has unset itself in or from a Master.
2. It then attempts to set itself in itself or in the quickest, closest, most open Master it can find.
3. If unable to complete the second motion, then it withers to believe all is futile and worthless.
The First motion can come from a couple different angles. Obviously, we are going to affirm that Christ is the one true Master that will only ever lead us away from the “Masterless Mind”, and we point to John 8.12, John 10.11, John 11.25, Colossians 3.1-4, etc. So therefore, we understand that any other substitute for a master other than Christ himself, will put us right back in the “Masterless Mind”, eventually, hopefully; because if not than eternal darkness awaits. The first motion states, “The Mind has not set or has unset itself in or from a Master.” This states ‘not set or has unset’ because it is many times that we already have a master and end up unsetting ourselves from it. To elaborate, when I say, ‘unset’ or ‘set’ I am speaking of the mental state of myself or an individual. The heart and soul, though can’t work apart from each other or the mind, is not the direct aim of my thesis. So that being clarified, when one unsets themselves from a previous master it is often that it leads to the types of insecurities I expressed; which in my case, for the time being, I had unset myself from Christ, the Master. I would also be quick to clarify, that this first motion is not Sin. Often times, it’s the complete opposite, it’s repentance. For in the case of repentance one is unsetting themselves from the masters of this world (i.e. sex, drugs, materials, egoism, worries of wealth and riches, human idols, etc.) to set themselves in The Master of this world, Christ. To examine further this first motion it takes looking into what unsets us from masters or The Master, and advances us in the first motions towards the “Masterless Mind.” Now in holding to the argument and principle in this thesis that the first motion is not Sin, than we must not say that Sin (i.e. pride, lust, hate, etc.) would lead us into the first motion of the “Masterless Mind.” I look to two things that would advance us into the “Masterless Mind”:
1. The Holy Spirit
The first being the Holy Spirit, would point us to the process of repentance which would be the correct use of the first motion in this proposition, we will touch on that later, towards the end of this blog. The second reason for advancement into the “Masterless Mind” seems to me, to be one of the greatest downfalls on this pale blue dot; Forgetfulness. It is no mystery that the human mind is flawed and is the greatest enemy to the human body; for if not in the pursuit of truth and revelation from the one who is truth and revelation (John 14.6), than the mind can destroy the body by shifting weight and persuading the heart and soul to follow in darkened lies of emptiness. Therefore in this flawed mind, we often times forget of the things that are not stimulating us in the moment. It is no mystery why God pushes so hard in his story for his people to remember (Exodus 20.8, Numbers 15.40, Deuteronomy 5.15, Deuteronomy 8.18, 1 Chronicles 16.12; 15, Nehemiah 4.14, Psalm 45.17, Psalm 77.11, Malachi 4.4, Matthew 16.9, Luke 1.72, Luke 24.5-9, John 15.20, John 16.4, Acts 20.35, Revelation 2.5, Revelation 3.3). This really is a crucial point, so for a moment just let scriptures like these next few resonate, and hear that call to remember deep in the core of God’s Word.
“Remember this and stand firm, recall it to mind, you transgressors, remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me” Isaiah 46:8-9
“Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel…” 2 Timothy 2.8
“For thus says the Lord GOD: I will deal with you as you have done, you who have despised the oath in breaking the covenant, yet I will remember my covenant with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish for you an everlasting covenant. Then you will remember your ways and be ashamed when you take your sisters, both your elder and your younger, and I will give them to you as daughters, but not on account of the covenant with you. I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall know that I am the LORD, that you may remember and be confounded, and never open your mouth again because of your shame, when I atone for you all that you have done, declares the Lord GOD.” Ezekiel 16.59-63
We are called to remember, there is a consequence if we don’t. There is such a push that there must be a reason on our side of the fence that we would need to be reminded. We forget. We forget; we let truth slip past us into the darkened cluttered space of subconscious, so far that the truth of who Christ is and what he has accomplished gets lost in the clutter. Forgetfulness is a weapon against us. So now being aware of this weapon you can see it in full effect in the early manifestations of the “Masterless Mind” theory. When we set in to motion forgetting about the Master that has been set in the mind we dwindle in devotion, our loyalty diminishes, and we begin to unset what was once our whole focus. This can be clearly witnessed in one who finds themselves in a spiritual experience with a major religion, they quickly become the convert and become fully devoted to whatever that major religion looks at as a master, which is usually some form of deity. Now if a trial comes, persecution wages, or something more alluring tempts the once fully devoted convert; then they forget that the deity/master was one who comforts in trials, who loves and is proud of the convert even in the midst of persecution, and claims to be far more alluring than any other temptation. So in conclusion, we must avoid forgetfulness at all costs, for it will lead us away from Christ, separating us from God. To avoid moving away from Christ all it takes is moving towards Him. Moving towards Him in prayer and fellowship, by expressing who we are and looking towards who He is; and the most potent of ways to put off forgetfulness will come with being bathed in Scripture. It is a constant reminder of how Christ is our Savior and He has redeemed us, and in accepting who He is and devoting a life towards Him, we gain none other than Him for eternity. We must seek Christ. He must be the Master set in our minds, for if He is not than we are already in hell. Just as the kingdom is an already but not yet principle, so is eternal darkness outside of Christ. Daily, hourly, every moment we must look to put off ourselves, our forgetfulness and seek to hold Christ as the head and the Master. This is the only way into sober thinking, a clear head, and right judgement; is if our minds are set in Christ. Christ as the Master of minds is the only way to ever fulfill the purpose we were created for; holiness and life amongst God. We must seek JESUS.
The first advancement into this motion of unsetting ourselves from a master that I mentioned was the Holy Spirit. Now there is a flip side to this motion in the “Masterless Mind” theory. Simply that the first motion, only, we can actually use, as Christ followers, to our benefit. This world calls repeatedly for our devotion and allegiance to, what I would call, a sort of many “caesars.” In the Roman period, Emperor Caesar was god, and he called for all peoples allegiance to him above all else, or consequences would be suffered. This world still has “caesars” such as, television, the internet, porn, employment, movie stars, pop stars, rap stars, video games, health and fitness, and the list continues endlessly of “caesars” that we devote our time, our lives, and are whole selves to; making them a master. In conviction we find that the Holy Spirit calls us to unset those masters from our lives and to set Christ, the Master, as head of our lives (Ephesians 4.15). So in a vague since, Christians should be looking to visit this first motion often; but only to make sure and test that Christ is the Master that we have set our minds to. For in not letting Christ set as the Master of our lives, and continuing in the “Masterless Mind,” we continue, now into Sin, further into being enveloped into the second and third motion. The next couple of blogs will dig into these second and third motions, and we will look at how they only ever lead to Sin, and in this sense, this is why we must avoid the first motion all together by seeking Christ and using scripture, prayer, and fellowship to stay away from forgetfulness.
So recapping; remember these things:
1. The breakdown of the “Masterless Mind” theory.
2. Two things that advance us into the first motion:
a. The Holy Spirit, whom through conviction should keep us out of this first motion if because of forgetfulness, and looking to Christ as the head and Master of our lives, entirely.
b. Forgetfulness, which is the one weapon we look to defeat by bathing ourselves in Scripture and seeking our Savior with prayer and fellowship.
3. We must seek Christ at all costs. Family, friends, success, fame… At all costs. He has to be the Master of our minds.
See you next time.
Here I stand; and I can do no other. God help me. Amen