Tonight we stopped at a large gas station in a suburb of Phoenix, AZ. I saw a little sign across the pavement from the gas station itself. I noticed that it said, “Emergency Shut-Off Switch.” Of course this is a typical switch and sign that one often sees at a self-serve filling station.
I soon walked across the pavement and took a picture of the sign and switch for an object lesson. It did not take long to come up with a spiritual application. In Phil. 4:8 God tells us: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
God commands us to only think on things that meet these requirements. What then should one do if one’s thoughts do not fall into these categories? A Christian should immediately derail those thoughts and not let them stay in one’s mind. This is, in a sense, to run across the pavement (just as if there was a gas leak at the pump) and immediately push the shut-off button of one’s mind. Not to turn off the mind, but to stop the bad thought from affecting the mind. We are not allowed to think on the wrong things. Our bodies are not made to worry. Worry is sin. Worry will shorten one’s life.
Once a Christian understands this principle, he should practice it in his life.