Most of us believe that every believer should have or has the mind of Christ. We take that from Philippians 2:5, but what is the mind of Christ? It is a sound mind capable of making good decisions and retaining information relevant to growth and development. This sound mind…this mind of Christ is God’s wisdom revealed by the Spirit. Without the Spirit of God it is impossible to have the mind of Christ.
When you got born again, it was your spirit that got born again but your mind still needed to be worked upon. Think of it this way: Like a battery, your mind needs recharging. You may be born again but still be a fool. Now, some names might be springing up in your mind but I’m thinking of Simon the sorcerer in Acts chapter 8. This guy had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria but all that changed when Evangelist Philip came to town. The people believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ.
Simon the sorcerer himself also believed and was baptized. At this point, can we agree that he got born again? Sure he did. You don’t get baptized if you’re not saved. Anyway, so all the new believers there were prayed for that they might receive the Holy Spirit. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. Now, here is where Simon displays his foolishness. When he saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” Oh yes, you can be born again but still remain a fool!
The good news is that something can be done about it. It shouldn’t be a permanent state. Every Christian needs to exercise their mind and this we do by partaking of strong meat.
13Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:13-14NIV)
We can never excel if we don’t exercise our minds. I dare say that Jesus Himself trained His mind. When tested by the devil in the wilderness, (Matthew 4:1-11, Luke 4:1-13NIV) He said, “It is written…” How did He know that? He read the scriptures. It was His custom to not only go to the synagogue on the Sabbath but also to read the scriptures. (Luke 4:16NIV). We too must train ourselves to read scriptures for ourselves and in so doing we train our minds in the will of God.
Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior whose mind we claim to have displayed sharpness of mind when He was on earth. He was not afraid to use His senses. Remember the case of the woman caught in adultery? (John 8:1-11). The teachers of the law and the Pharisees asked a question wanting to trap Him. This time He didn’t say it is written but demonstrated some peculiar wisdom.
You can know a Christian who has the mind of Christ because they will speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age. They will declare God’s wisdom which is a mystery that has been hidden. (See 1 Corinthians 2:6-7 NIV). May God help us train our minds by the information we gather, observations we make and thoughts/conversations we engage in so that we can display His wisdom in our everyday life.
You are blessed!