Friday, November 8, 2013

What’s in your head?



Scripture:

1Cor. 2:14  ¶ Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
1Cor. 2:15 Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny.
1Cor. 2:16     “For who has known the mind of the Lord
        so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.

Observation:


There were natural men/women, those not living in the Spirit, who believed that they had great wisdom.  The problem was that no matter the depth of their knowledge and wisdom, without the Spirit they lacked discernment. 

In verse 16 we find this quote from Isaiah:

Is. 40:13     Who has directed the spirit of the LORD,
        or as his counselor has instructed him?

This is a a realization that those who are not walking in the Spirit actually have the audacity to believe that they can instruct God!  But no matter the power nor the intellect of the natural person, they lack some of much greater value — the mind of Christ.  And this is where Paul ends this comment because there is nothing greater than actually being united with Christ and therefore having his very mind as our mind.  It puts all human intelligence and knowledge to shame.

Application:

Have you ever met someone that seemed to have a kind of spiritual radar?  It was as if they could look right through you and see your motivations.  There is something a bit unnerving about that kind of an experience and yet it helps you understand that discernment comes to those who have grown in the Spirit.

Sadly, even those who have been walking with God for many years may, at times, depend upon their own thinking.  We become too busy or we actually believe our own press — that we know what we’re doing and we can make decisions without the help of God. We plow forward without realizing what we’re doing. 

It’s at that moment that we ought to remember this quote from Isaiah — and realize that we just might be trying to tell Go what to do!  Ouch. 

So the question of the day is, “What’s in your head?” 

Maybe we ought to step back and ask ourselves what it is that fills our mind day in and day out. Possibly it’s the business of the day that needs to be completed.  Or, it could be a relationship with someone that’s gone wrong and you’re rehearsing that final conversation over and over again in your mind.  There are many things, some good, and some not so good that can fill our heads day in and day out. 

Many people have trouble sleeping at night because they can’t stop the conversations in their mind, or they continue to worry about unfinished business. 

What’s in our head is what controls the rest of our lives.  Ultimately either the mind of Christ or our own mind will be in our head.  Those two options made a radical difference in the lives of all of God’s children. 

The only way that the mind of Christ can be in us is if we spend time with Christ every single day of our lives.  Our thoughts and our desires need to be consumed with him for he ought to be the ultimate recipient of our affections.  Paul knew that this was the solution for depending on our natural person. 

What’s in your head today?  Maybe we ought to reevaluate whether we have been depending too much on our own understanding, literally, we’ve been trying to instruct God, and instead, seek to know the mind of Christ.  There is no better way to live our lives than on a journey in which we are continually united with our Creator God. 

Prayer:

Lord, may the distractions of life never keep me from truly knowing you.  Amen.

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