Sunday, July 22, 2012

I Think I’m Losing My Mind!

Actually, not really.  But the title comes out of a conversation I had with a friend of mine.  He has the same off the wall sense of humor that I do.  We were having a conversation on the phone when he told me he had spent most of the day thinking he was losing his mind.  Insert long and heavy pause.  And then he continued.

What he said next was the beginning of a great conversation.  After he paused for that to sink in, he continued by saying, “I’m losing my mind because I’m gaining the mind of Christ.”.  Relief.  But think about it.  Isn’t that right where we want to be, spiritually?  Let’s take a look at what he was saying.

1Corinthians 2:16 tells us, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”.  There is a “mind of Christ”.  A thought pattern that coincides with our Savior.  Our imperfection isn’t likely to get us to that point 100%.  But we can have glimpses of it in our own lives, adding chunks of that kind of thinking to our own.

We see John say, in Chapter 3 and verse 30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.”.  Those ideas and thought patterns that match up with the “mind of Christ” must not only find a place in our minds, but replace our own thinking.  I had an example of what can happen when people override what the Bible says ought to be our way of thinking, in an online conversation.  One person was saying that they had been “burnt” by people and churches openly proclaiming themselves as Christians.  So, he now avoided both.

It’s possible the gentleman totally subjectively interpreted people’s actions and words.  But probably not.  When we put our own imprint on our spirituality and that of others, we proceed to hand down edicts instead of spiritual guidelines.  What we say, think and do takes precedence over what Christ actually taught.  Let’s look at some examples.

In Luke 19:10, Jesus says He came to “seek and save that which was lost.”.  By extension, with Christ in us, that’s why we’re here, too.  But those relying on human thought will take that as a rule and assume they have to save someone, like a gunslinger adding salvation notches to their belt.  When being in unity with the mind of Christ shows us something quite different.  In reality, sharing the gospel isn’t intended to be a task.  It should be looked at as a privilege.  And we don’t do the saving.  Jesus did that at the cross.  We just get to share that fact, so that people have an opportunity to make an eternal decision.  And soul winning is not invading someone’s privacy any more than sharing treatment options with a cancer victim would be invading their privacy.

Have you ever been to a church where, if you didn’t dress in a certain way, speak in a certain way, act in a certain way, your salvation was questioned?  The mind of man is very good at coming up with formulas and programs instead of letting God mold us.  The mind of Christ is “I love you.  Follow Me.  I will guide you through this maze of life.”.  The mind of Christ takes the sting out of bad situations, not concerned with how you got there, but working toward getting you out of there.

The mind of man condemns every bad thing we do.  And we all do plenty of that.  The mind of Christ says to us, in Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”.  When Paul wrote that, he had gone from self condemnation in chapter 7 to being free of condemnation, in Christ.  The mind of Christ frees us to hear from God, to act on what we hear, to be blessed by others, to be all that God would have us to be.

What are you doing, today, to lose your mind?  And to gain the mind of Christ?  To have your thinking decrease so that Christ can be “all in all”?

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