What do you do when your brain feels overtaxed, yet your whole world seems to be hanging on a complex mental challenge? (Anyone just having made it through final exams can relate.) Well, during those times, you might quote 1 Corinthians 2:16: I have the mind of Christ! How comforting to know God shares His wisdom with us and helps our brain tissue during those everyday moments— but it goes way beyond brain tissue.
Hopefully, this scripture hasn’t become so familiar to us that we miss its more powerful meaning. God is calling us to think outside of our brain tissue and see the way He does… to be spiritually minded. And the more we embrace this lifestyle and train our thoughts on things above, the better our outlook and success here below. Romans 8:6 says, For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
So we miss out having the mind of Christ any time we pursue the short-term fleshly desires, and in fact, a habitual lifestyle of those pursuits puts us back under the power of death out of which Jesus has redeemed us. We give place to the devil to steal, kill and destroy in our lives. But here’s the great news: when we focus on things that are eternal and spiritual — things God wants — we tap the very mind of God. His creativity. His compassion. His concepts. It’s everything we need for life and peace.
For more on this subject, check out Pastor John Greiner’s message from Wednesday, May 23, 2018, titled “Being Spiritually Minded.”