Your Right Mind

One of the good things about the social distancing we’ve been practicing is that it’s given us all a chance to catch-up on some long overdue thinking. Over these weeks I’ve been reminded that Paul made one of the most remarkable statements in Scripture when he said that “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2.16).  He offered this statement as both an affirmation and an invitation. He didn’t suggest that we should have the mind of Christ; instead, he asserted that we do. At the same time, he didn’t assume we would think with the mind of Christ just because we have it, so he challenged us to exercise this improbable reality.

The human brain is one of the marvels of God’s creative work! According to experts, the average brain weighs about three pounds. Of these three pounds, 75% is water and 60% of the solid matter is fat. In spite of its meager size and questionable substance, these same experts suggest the average brain is capable of recording hundreds of memories every second (though many of these memories drown in all the water, no doubt). In addition, our minds have the ability to perform millions of calculations every minute just to do basic bodily maneuvers. No man-made computer can hold a candle
to that!

No wonder the Bible places so much emphasis on the importance of the mind. Jesus said we should love the Lord with “all our mind,” and Paul reminded the Philippians that God’s peace would protect their minds in Christ Jesus (Phil. 4.7). Paul’s encouragement to the Corinthians to think with the mind of Christ is one of the most daunting challenges of the faith. The key to thinking with His mind is absorbing His Word into our lives so that His thoughts are naturally governing ours.

In this social isolation, I suspect many have found themselves haunted by their own thoughts. What are some steps you can take to think more like Jesus thinks? Do you need to add some good habits or subtract some bad habits that will clear the clutter of your mind and draw you nearer to the Master? Perhaps you need to spend more time reading the Bible or devote more energy to prayer. Maybe you need to plug more into a church family in order to stay accountable and engaged in service to others. Quite possibly, you simply need to renew your commitment to all of the above because you’ve made them part of your life through the years.

The bottom line is that we ought to think like Christ would think as we interact with others whether we’re at home, at church, at the shopping center, the bank, the ballgame, or . . . you get my drift. Through the years I’ve heard the expression lovingly used of others that “they aren’t in their right mind.” The simple truth is that none of us are until we have the mind of Christ.

The author may be contacted at simpletruth@mbcb.org.