If our minds are, “the process by which we interact with the world around us and the world inside of us”; what does Paul mean when he says we have the “mind of Christ”? (1 Cor. 2:16b) Let’s ponder that.
Paul’s writing this letter because he’s deeply concerned about the Corinthians thinking. The “process” they are engaging life with is largely fueled by self-centered desires. It’s an, “if I want it, I’ll take it” attitude. They gorge themselves at communion meals (1 Cor. 11:20-30), or argue over status (see 1 Cor. 1). Racy sexual issues (I Cor. 5) and lawsuits (1 Cor. 6) demonstrate they are not thinking with a “sound mind”, but rather a “fleshly, self-centered mindset”. So Paul tells them, “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.” (1 Cor. 2:12-italics mine) He highlights that God gives us His Spirit so we can understand life in a new way (or with a new “process of thinking”). So now, my “process” of discerning what’s best in a situation considers not only my needs, but God’s desires as well. I don’t fill my plate to overflowing at communion dinners, because I’m concerned for the people behind me in line. Arguing over my status seems childish, because I see clearly that everyone matters to God. Those new thoughts reveal that my mind is actively partnering with the “mind of Christ”. I think AND live differently now because I have the “mind of Christ”.
What do you think about that?