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ORBIT | WEEK TEN
ORBIT – DAY FORTY NINE
Hello and welcome to another Orbit – the daily Christian reflection from the youth team at St Mary’s Reigate. Would you believe that tomorrow is our 50th episode! Remember you can listen to these on Spotify, as well as reading and listening to them on the St Mary’s Reigate website.
BIBLE READING – 1 Corinthians 2: 15-16
The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.
When we get to know Jesus better, we start to think like Jesus. Practically speaking, this is what it looks like to be slowly transformed by God. When we become Christians, even the best of us have some rough edges; we might be quite selfishly-motivated, or prone to getting angry and losing control when we do. Slowly though, as we spend time with Jesus, his Holy Spirit begins to work at those rough edges. We become refined.
This isn’t some kind of higher state of being that we can achieve by ourselves. It’s not like mindfulness, or meditation; it’s not about following a list of rules or principles that will guarantee personal growth. You can’t just follow “the Jesus plan” and become Christlike in 40 days. Paul is quoting the prophet Isaiah when he asks “who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him” – and what he’s trying to point out is that God’s mind isn’t like a system that you can hack and adapt for your own ends.
Instead, it’s something which captivates us and persuades us of a better way of living. In fact, I wonder if on a scientific level, we actually experience our brains being rewired; new neurological pathways being opened up by the Holy Spirit. Because – it’s the Spirit who transforms the brains that we were born with, into brains which “have the mind of Christ.” To borrow another example from science, it’s like the moment we become Christians and receive the Holy Spirit, we’re given a good kind of virus – a healthy bacteria – which works its way slowly through our heads.
What does that enable us to do? Paul answers that question in the first part of this little reading. “The person with the Spirit”, he says, “makes judgments about all things.” That doesn’t mean that we go around judging people, spotting and stopping sin wherever we find it, but it does mean that we’re able to see situations with wisdom and discernment. When we think like Jesus – when we access that part of our brain where he has already set up camp – we’re able to access a divine level of thinking and problem solving.
What an amazing gift – to be able to think a little like God himself does. And there’s nothing particular that we can do in order to receive that gift, apart from spending more time with him. The takeover is automatic when we just spend time in his presence.
You might want to join me in praying this prayer.
God I thank you for the gifts of wisdom and discernment: of being able to think just a little bit like you. I pray that you would draw me into your presence, and give me the mind of Christ, so that I would be equipped to handle any and every situation. Amen.
There’s now a chance for you to pray, or listen to God, or simply be still for a few moments.
Each day we will provide you with a simple challenge; something to do which helps you put this little thought into action. Here’s today’s challenge:
The point of today’s reading is that – while God’s wants us to receive the gift of his wisdom – there’s nothing much that we can actually do to get it. Simply we spend more time in his presence, asking him to fill us with his Spirit. So that’s today’s challenge: spend a little bit of time asking God to fill you again with his Holy Spirit, and simply take a few minutes in prayer, silence or listening to worship music, just to be with him.
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