How good are you at reading minds?
A while ago, my wife Rachael was having a bad day. Thankfully (sarcasm) I was on hand to resolve the situation, using my mind reading skills to tap into her subconscious. I quickly deduced the very thing she desired most: for me to point out that the problem was her attitude.
I know what you’re thinking. That I am a helpful and understanding husband. Right? No? Okay. Rachael didn’t think so either.
A few bumpy hours later, after I had convinced her to love me again, I listened as Rachael shared some deep thoughts with me. Now it was no longer a guessing game. Instead, our conversation had become clear and enlightening. It had actually drawn us closer together.
Because I’m not even slightly good at guessing what Rachael wants or needs from me, my only hope is taking the time to settle down, listen, and understand her.
If you are a follower of Jesus, you have been given an outrageous gift. I don’t mean salvation, I mean ANOTHER outrageous gift. God has given you his Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 2:10-12) 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.
If I were to give you MY spirit, you would receive a running commentary of every single thought that passes through my mind. Believe me, you would not want that! And I certainly would not want you to have that. That’s just too personal. Too close! But this is what Jesus has given us. Access to His every thought.
Like my attempts at reading Rachael’s mind, when we guess at the mind of Christ we will almost certainly get it wrong. But we don’t have to guess. Because we have been given the Holy Spirit, we can settle down, listen, and understand God.
I often hear people say they wish they could be one of Jesus’ disciples, walking side by side with Him and seeing His face every day. While the allure of that time in history is undeniable, we can’t miss that the connection we DO have with Jesus is in fact much more intimate than physically being with him.
I can know what Jesus thinks. You can know what Jesus thinks. The disciples may have seen Jesus, but they had no idea what He was thinking.
When we receive the Holy Spirit, Christ’s thoughts are IN us. What He thinks, we can know. What tugs on his heart can tug on our hearts. Because His Spirit searches out everything, we have the advantage of Godly foresight. Because His Spirit supernaturally shows us what’s naturally hidden, we can have hope in the face of doubt. Because His Spirit is a free gift, there is no limit to how much we can settle down, listen, and understand Him.
The mind of Christ isn’t meant to be a puzzle or a guessing game. The Holy Spirit speaks the mind of Christ directly to us, but only when we give Him what any relationship deserves: the time to settle down, listen, and understand.