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Monday, May 20, 2013

The Mind of Christ

Today I'm reading 1 Corinthians 2:6-16.

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hiddenand that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.

And, Philippians 2:5-8

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death
        even death on a cross!

Here's some mental/spiritual food to chew on for the week. Some thoughts about how the infinite God can take up residence in the finite human heart. This is worth meditating on throughout the week.

"O Lord, You must adapt Your Word to my smallness, so that it can enter into the tiny dwelling of my finiteness - the only dwelling in which I can live - without destroying it. then I shall be able to understand; such a word I can take in without the agonizing bewilderment of mind and that cold fear clutching my heart. If You should speak such an 'abbreviated' word, which would not say everything but only something simple which I could grasp, then I cold breathe freely again.  

O Infinite God, You have actually willed to speak such a word to me! You have actually restrained the ocean of Your infinity from flooding in over the poor little wall which protects my tiny life's acre from Your vastness. Not the waters of Your great sea, but only the dew of Your Greatness is to spread itself over my poor little plot of earth. You have come to me in a human word. For You, the Infinite, are the God of our Lord Jesus Christ." (from 'Encounters with Silence' by Karl Rahner).

Pray for Christ to fill your mind and heart this week.


Today's prayer: 'O Christ, I want the Spirit within me to duplicate nothing - nothing except yo. For I want no manifestation that doesn't manifest You - manifest You in Your sanctity and Your sanity. For You are Life. Amen.' (E. Stanley Jones).

Scriptures for the week:

Tuesday - Romans 8:5-11
Wednesday - Hebrews 2:1-11
Thursday - Isaiah 11:1-5
Friday - 1 Peter 4:1-6

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