Today’s Scripture: I Corinthians 2:10-16
10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For,
“Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
Who knows enough to teach him?”
But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.
Earlier this week I was having trouble putting together a sermon. I knew the text I wanted to use and a vague direction of where I wanted to go – but nothing was gelling. I woke up early one morning and just laid in bed thinking about it – hoping to remember if I happened to write a sermon in my sleep! But nothing. So I said a quick prayer – something like “God, give me direction on this sermon – and headed to the shower.
I’m not sure what it is about showers – but I have found that the Holy Spirit often works well in them. And this day was no different. I was thinking about the sermon again only this time some very specific ideas came to me. I actually had to get out of the shower to write them down because I knew I would forget them by the time by teeth were brushed!
Was the Holy Spirit really speaking to me in the shower? I believe so.
I don’t think we give the Spirit as much credit in our lives as we should. I KNOW we don’t talk about the Spirit as much as we should. And yet, Paul tells us in this passage that God’s Spirit “searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets.”
At the end of the passage Paul writes that we have the mind of Christ. I’ve always thought that was a little presumptuous. Me, have the mind of Christ, I doubt it. And yet through the power of the Spirit we are shown “God’s deep secrets”. Through the work of the Spirit we have the mind of Christ.
As we head into the weekend I encourage you to be sensitive to the Spirit in your life. There is power in what you might see and hear.
God thank you giving us your Holy Spirit to know your thoughts and have the mind of Christ. We so much need that connection with you right now. Give us hearts and minds and ears that are sensitive to the Spirit’s voice. And give us courage to act when we are Spirit prompted.