Are You in His Right Mind?
As Christians we have probably all heard that we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). I think too often though we gloss over the magnitude of what that means for us.
Think about for a moment that as we face challenges and difficulties or opportunities for advancement and blessings–we’re not bound to our own thinking, solutions, or ideas.
Your natural mind is a fascinating thing. It is home not only to logic and facts but to your creativity and interpretation.
Consider that when your eyes look at anything, the information comes in upside down. All day long your brain is constantly interpreting everything you see on the basis of available facts and experience. That’s why your eyes can play tricks on you and optical illusions will throw you off.
If that is true in the physical sense, how true is it in the spiritual! Without the mind of Christ, we exponentially increase our propensity to interpret circumstances, situations, and even relationships wrongly. Without the Holy Spirit guiding us, we walk down the well-worn human path of fear, complacency, and conventionality.
How do we remain hopeful, optimistic, and creative in our situations and circumstances? We keep our eyes focused on the eternal. Jesus didn’t interpret natural events or circumstances by simply applying human intellect and reasoning. His eyes saw beyond.
Remember 2 Corinthians 4:16-18:
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (emphasis mine)
I believe there are things we are waiting on God to do that He is watching and saying, “Don’t you see yet? You have all my creativity and word on your side! See the unseen! I’ve given you the ability and every resource of mine is at your disposal. I can show you things you never even dreamed before.”
Our minds get stifled anytime we have a sense of impending inevitability. As we embrace more fully His mind, all that is blown away. Both in perceived good situations and bad, we rejoice in the promise God gives us then we make effort and preparation to see it fulfilled as He guides our steps.
Trouble comes and we have to decide. We can say, “I guess that wasn’t God” or we can get tenacious and ask God for expanded creativity to interpret things rightly and respond appropriately so that His Kingdom might advance. We don’t have because we don’t ask.
His victory and Kingdom are the only inevitability. Whether you partner with it or embrace apathy is your choice.
Ready? Let’s do this! In what areas do you need to allow the mind of Christ to work? What are your thoughts on all this?