Of Fine Minds…

There are some things that my spirit understands that I don’t. When I say “I”, I mean my mind. I am sure God has something against our intelligence which we still do not fully understand. But from reading scripture we can begin to get a grip on why God considers the human mind his enemy no.1.
I do not intend to go into that discussion here; I will do so in another post. For now, I just want to say how wonderful it is that there are things which my spirit understands perfectly well, but of which my mind is completely in the dark.
For example, I can find myself crying for no reason at all. That means my spirit understands something which my mind does not.
Sometimes I can feel led to do something which my mind is totally against. I can feel, sometimes, that I ought to leave EVERYTHING I am doing and get down on my knees and pray. At that time, my mind will tell me that the thing I am doing then is very, very important and that I should not pay attention to some whimsical feelings inside of me.
But at such times I know my spirit is ‘busy’. I know my spirit is communicating with God. And it is in times like these when I have answered that call that I have found myself addressing something of profound importance to the Kingdom or to someone’s life.
Many born-again believers (especially today, although such people have always been there, but more so today, with so-called advancement and education); most people have a certain reliance on their minds in many things concerning the gospel. In fact, there are now ‘branches’ of human intelligence that have been injected into the gospel (many beginning with the word ‘self-‘), and people are relying more on their fine minds to try and explain the things of God.
A fine human mind is not a bad thing, and it has many uses. But it should never be for spiritual matters.
We cannot and should never rely on our fine minds when it comes to spiritual matters. The Bible says God has rejected the human mind. He does not need our human intelligence to do what He needs to do. But we are so hard-headed (or, more appropriately, hard-hearted) that we continue to have a deep respect for our fine minds even when it comes to the things of God.
God deals with us through our hearts and especially the humble heart. If there is one thing that I can bet everything –everything – I have on, it is that God looks upon and busies Himself around the humble-hearted, not the fine-minded. You might not notice it, but God’s eye is always on such people.
Those of us with fine minds have an extra duty – to crucify those minds. Yes, crucify them! They are not an asset. They are a liability – and an incredibly huge one. In our human pride, we might be led to argue with God on this. But I am assured in my spirit that some of the people who know God really well are not the educated ones or even the Biblically-learned people. The Bible tells us in Romans 2:13-15 that there are people who do not even know the Bible but who know God perfectly well. Moreover, verses 23 through 29 show us clearly that the things that have to do with knowing God have to do with our hearts, not our minds.
The human mind has absolutely nothing to do with God’s Kingdom. On the contrary, it is an enemy. We should not boast of those fine minds.
When God gives us grace we simply get on our knees and tell God that we know nothing, we have nothing, we are nothing!!

[Below: Mind or no mind, God looks upon the human heart]


4 thoughts on “Of Fine Minds…

  1. I guess for me knowing Jesus trumps mere education. On the other hand, I wish more Christians knew the Biblical languages, Church history, etc. If one uses their education to honour God, take people deeper into the Bible, and dialogue with secular minds (like Paul did in Athens) then I applaud it. If one thinks education can help them understand God, that’s a problem, as you say. Only knowing God helps in that area. Paul was highly educated, as was Moses, and between them they wrote most of the Bible. If education causes arrogance then it is an enemy of God. If the teacher remains a humble servant of Christ then their education benefits all. Thomas a Kempis warned about education, because he saw it lead to pride. Of course, fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, and we seek that wisdom according to James. Jesus added to love God with our mind when teaching the commandment from Deut. 6:5 (Mark 12:30) so it must be possible.

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