“But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.” -1Cor 2:16 nlt
Many times I’ve asked God, what does this verse mean?
I love how God answers a big question without making me feel pea-brained. Out of many possibilities, here’s one cut at the answer. It began with another question: what do people experience when they encounter you? Now consider the story of the sinful woman. At a party swarming with the local elite, aka, “holy men,” Jesus turned his attention to one tarnished woman. Time stood still, and now it was just the two of them. When her eyes met with the the Son of God, she encountered pure love and acceptance. If we can grasp and envision this moment, we can emulate Jesus. Don’t we do that with children and loved ones? Why not EVERYONE? Not easy, but achievable. Not easy, for the rest of the party goers because this woman was left for trash…hardly the belle of the ball. But that means nothing to Jesus. To Him, you are the most important person in the room. He knows that we are all tainted in some way, we all have our weaknesses and ugly little secrets, and we’re not fooling anyone — irrespective of our place in society, at the office, the club, at school, and among friends and family. God’s son, our creator, has a special place in his heart for you. He’s the father we all need and wish for.
Jesus looked into people’s eyes and got present to them. That’s how it became “just the two of them.” He wasn’t distracted by reading a text or looking around to see what else was going on. The sinful woman got his undivided attention and all the blessings that come with it. She was healed. Going after Jesus’ undivided attention is a good thing! And, He’s available to anyone, not just Christians, 24/7. I have no idea what exactly will happen when you do…I just know it will be time well invested.
What would happen, if like Jesus, we stopped and got present to people. What if our eyes, the windows of our souls, offered pure love and acceptance (no judgement or prejudice) to someone we hardly even knew or someone we do know (and they may not expect that)? We are not Christ, but He is more than welcome to commandeer my heart and mind and transform my relationships. In this way, we receive “the mind of Christ.” I really need to get out of His way. I’m a sinner who needs to extinguish the fires of annoyance much faster than I do.
I was inspired to retell the story of the sinful woman found in Luke 7:36-50 after reading a great book that I highly recommend: Women of Courage by Jennifer Carter. I got my Kindle version on Amazon and I’m actually still reading it for my daily quiet time. Jennifer highlights 31 women in the Bible. She has an eye for insights that will light up your mind and soul. As you can see, I chewed that chapter up and enjoyed a good spiritual meal with her. I also couldn’t resist sharing, here in my blog, the way the Spirit recounted the biblical story to me. So go grab your copy of Women of Courage by Jennifer Carter and let me know how it goes for you!