Whose spirit…Whose mind?

pop-culture-is-the-worlds-culture“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” 1 Corinthians 2:12

Everyone has a worldview. Webster’s defines worldview as the way someone thinks about the world. That is succinct. Simple. How we arrive at our various views is a bit more complicated. Background experiences and life situations play a part in what we come to believe. Our acquired values, attitudes and habits in the formative years help set the table. Indeed inherited characteristics and individual temperament hold sway. The result: our worldviews are like snowflakes; no two exactly alike.

However, the Bible tells us there are only two. The natural man holds the first. We are all born in this state. “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (v.14) This person has the spirit of the world and a mind given to the things of this world. Folks in this condition may seem to view life with the variance of those snowflakes, but the sum of it is – man’s wisdom is their teacher. The natural man sees and thinks about the world differently than God does. Here our need is to be born again.

The spiritual man employs the second worldview. At his or her rebirth, the Spirit of God is given and received. We can then know the things of God. His wisdom becomes our teacher. He teaches us: “…do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Rom 12:2) The spiritual man is learning to think about the world as God does. The Bible says of us, “…we have the mind of Christ…” (v.16) Here our need is to be continually renewed in our mind by the Spirit through His word.

The natural man thinks and acts from his inborn nature. It is just, well, natural to him. The spiritual man, however, has a choice to make. With every thought, every act, the decision must be made to follow his reborn nature or revert to the inborn nature. That is the prompt for our title above. Do we as Christians think about the world and the myriad issues of life as God does? Is our worldview the same as His worldview? He most surely has one. Whose spirit are we following? With whose mind are we thinking?

Everyone has a worldview. We have the Spirit, who is from God. We have the mind of Christ. We have a worldview. Is it His?

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