Natural versus spiritual thinking


February 25
Natural versus spiritual thinking
For reading & meditation: 1 Corinthians 2:6-16
“The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God ‘” (v.14)

We have been seeing that by going “into the sanctuary” – the place where God had made provision to meet with His people – the psalmist has put himself in a position where his perspectives can be changed. This section of the psalm is probably the most vital part, for it is here that his thinking begins to change from natural thinking to spiritual thinking. He had been thinking like a natural man, considering life from just one perspective, but in the sanctuary he begins to see life from God’s point of view. What is the difference between natural thinking and spiritual thinking? Natural thinking is on the level of the earth – the level of man; spiritual thinking is on a higher level altogether – the level of God. It is surprising that so many Christians think naturally about their problems rather than spiritually. The psalmist was a good and godly man but under the pressure of circumstances he had reverted to thinking naturally about his problem. We will never learn to live effectively until we understand that the whole of life is spiritual, not just parts of it. In the chapter before us today the apostle asks, in effect, why it was that none of the rulers of this world recognised the Lord Jesus Christ when He was here. It was because they looked at Him from a natural perspective – they saw only a carpenter. Without the Holy Spirit operating upon their minds, they just could not understand. Ultimately, the problems and difficulties of life are all spiritual; so the sooner we learn to think spiritually, the better we will be.

Gracious and loving heavenly Father, I realise that if I am to become a spiritual thinker I must allow You to think in me. I have given You my heart, help me now to give You my mind. Think in me, dear Lord. Amen.
For further study:
1. What did God declare to Israel?
2. How can we be transformed?
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