One of the insidious pitfalls of our faith is using our minds for Christ rather than having the mind of Christ. The subtle shift produces tectonic changes in the way that we live out our faith.
“I’m going to give my best thinking to advancing the cause of Christ.” It sounds noble, when in fact it usurps the supremacy and Lordship of Christ in our lives.
We’d like to sharpen our intellects for Christ, to give our best analytical skills to His cause, and thus love the Lord with all our mind. But it produces an independence and subtle arrogance that contradicts the call for us to die to ourselves.
We’re not called to think for God but to let our minds be transformed by Him; to develop “the mind of Christ.” Good intellects are a gift from God, but they remain clouded, limited, and fallen at best.
To love the Lord with all our mind is not to think for Him but to come alongside Him. It means that we filter every idea, every thought, and every insight through the filter of prayer and Scripture. We take every thought captive in obedience to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). To do less is to settle for mediocrity at best. So, we embrace His values and vision. We resist the urge to take charge with our cleverness.
This is no small achievement.
“The mind of Christ” is not a resolution I make but a renovation that Christ produces. It arises not from apologetics but from surrender. It comes not from education but transformation. We don’t make declarations on behalf of an absent Jesus but affirmations of the very Present Christ.
How does this shape us?
It means that Christian leadership calls for more spiritual sensitivity than raw competence. It means that congregational vision and mission statements emerge not from committee deliberations but from prayer. It means that Christ-followers think less of success and more of surrender, less of themselves and more of others. It challenges the intellectual pride we nurture and beckons us to deeper humility.
It’s easy to think for Jesus. Show us the end-game and we quickly form a strategy for success. Step aside. Let us through. But it’s all wood, hay, and stubble. On the other hand, gold and silver lie at the bottom of deeper ponds, where the waters are still.
Do we have the mind of Jesus today? (1 Corinthians 2:16)