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What does it mean to be Spiritually Minded?

If to Christ all things are spiritual, one who has “the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2: 16) will see all things through spiritual eyes or spiritual understanding.

What does being spiritually minded mean to you? Rather, what did Christ have in mind when commanding us to poses “his mind?”

First and foremost it means to properly understand and consistently attempt to apply the Lord’s teaching, “all things unto me are spiritual?” (D&C 29:34) ponder the meaning of that truth for a moment.

To the spiritually minded person there will be no separation of the 6 days from the 7th, no compartments in life, no special separation between competing priorities in life, no challenges that can’t be conquered because Christ has already won the victory.
“To the spiritual mind, the mind that emulates the perception of Christ, there is no separation between the sacred and the secular. “Unto the pure all things are pure” (Titus 1: 15).”

When a person has this spiritual reference of reality, the Lord, His work and becoming like Him becomes the driving force in a person’s life. “It becomes the unifying and organizing principle, the center around which everything revolves. It is the anchor and root, the foundation and cornerstone of all his activities, relationships, and decisions. Such a person, having consecrated himself to the Lord, will have a divine sense of stewardship about everything in his life, including time, talents, money, possessions, relationships, his family, his body, and so forth. Even though some of these things are often thought of as “temporal,” he knows they are spiritual, and he recognizes the need to use them for righteous purposes and, as a steward, to be accountable for their use.” The Divine Center, pg. 146

With the “mind of Christ” we obtain proper perceptions or perspectives, we inherit spiritual understanding (the real reality) and are able to faithfully apply it to all circumstance and situations in life. Having the “mind of Christ” beings meaning and power to our lives by taking action instead of falling for the trap; “people are more interested in improving their circumstance rather than themselves”. The mind of Christ is improving ourselves and being captained by Christ where “all things work together for our good.” Romans 8:28

“Naturally, this perception, approach, and application all move one toward a Christlike approach to human relationships. On the matter of seeking to be Christlike, President David O. McKay said:

The highest of all ideals are the teachings and particularly the life of Jesus of Nazareth, and that man is most truly great who is most Christlike.

What you sincerely in your heart think of Christ will determine what you are, will largely determine what your acts will be. No person can study this divine personality, can accept his teachings, without becoming conscious of an uplifting and refining influence within himself…

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ are under obligation to make the sinless Son of Man their ideal—the one perfect Being who ever walked the earth. (Gospel Ideals, Improvement Era, 1953, pages 34-35.)

The Christlike approach is especially important in the usually difficult situation of suffering injustice or affliction. In keeping with Christ’s example, if the God/ Christ-centered person is offended, he blesses in return. He returns kindness for unkindness, patience for impatience. If he is afflicted, he chooses a response which enables him to grow and learn from the affliction, to suffer with meaning and nobility, a response which will have a greater influence on others than perhaps any other value, experiential or creative.

If the person is praised, he gives thanks. If he is blamed, he appraises the matter to see whether there may be some blameworthiness in him, and if there is he plans And all the time he seeks to identify with Christ. Christ is his model. For instance, he studies the scriptural accounts of the Savior’s earthly life, and as he does so he visualizes each of the situations recorded. He empathizes with the people involved, sees himself as part of the action, feels himself in the more positive, disciple-type roles. He creates in his mind his response to present day situations based on living by the principles represented by the scriptural accounts.

In this way he brings home to his heart the reality of each situation and its principles, and as he feels this deeply his understanding and his love increase for the perfect one, the Master, the Savior of the world, the one who is our advocate and mediator with the Father and who manifests the Father’s will in every regard. Gradually, as he comes to see the Savior as the perfect model and mentor, he identifies with that mental image and vision.

When a person has this map or frame of reference, the Lord and his work becomes the driving force of that person’s life. It becomes the unifying and organizing principle, the center around which everything revolves. It is the anchor and root, the foundation and cornerstone of all his activities, relationships, and decisions. Such a person, having consecrated himself to the Lord, will have a divine sense of stewardship about everything in his life, including time, talents, money, possessions, relationships, his family, his body, and so forth. Even though some of these things are often thought of as “temporal,” he knows they are spiritual, and he recognizes the need to use them for righteous purposes and, as a steward, to be accountable for their use.

In this way he acquires “the mind of Christ” and thus gradually learns to respond to life situations as He would have responded (which is as His Father would have responded), or perhaps more realistically as He would have him respond based on his present level of faith and understanding.” Ibid, pg. 148

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