Live differently

But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.  (1 Corinthians 2:9-16, ESV)
The Bible tells us that there are two kinds of people in the world. Well, actually, it tells us that there are three, but we’ll get on to that tomorrow. Today let’s focus on the fact it says there are “natural” people and “spiritual” people.
The “natural person” does not accept the things of God. If they haven’t been born again, they are unable to understand the things of God because those things are discerned by our spirit, and that part of them that is dead. If they have been born again, they are still caught in the habits of their pre-conversion thinking. Their spirit has been made alive but they are still living life according to the thinking of the world and the impulses of the flesh.

The “spiritual person”, however, has the mind of Christ. When they were born again, the Holy Spirit of God united himself with their own spirit, and he now works in them to help them understand God. What an amazing gift this is! Who wouldn’t want to learn how to live according to the impulses of God’s Spirit in their spirit?!

If we’re not careful, however, we can read these truths in passages such as 1 Corinthians 2 and begin to think of ourselves as being superior to those who don’t yet believe. This is definitely not what Paul is saying, but he is trying to encourage those who have been alive in their spirits to live very differently from those who aren’t. This makes sense, doesn’t it? If our spirits are alive, our lives shouldn’t be the same as those who are spiritually dead!

It is always tragic when a Christian lives a life that is indistinguishable from those who don’t believe. That’s not what God has planned for us! Let’s take some time today to reflect on our own lives. Are we living as “natural people” or as “spiritual people”?
  1. If you have been born again then you have “the mind of Christ” through the Spirit of God within you. What does that look like very practically in your life? In what ways are you a “spiritual person”?
  2. How can you press into God, even in in this season, to learn how to live more and more as a “spiritual person”?
  3. If the “natural” person is spiritually dead and unable to comprehend the things of God, how should that impact our approach to sharing the Gospel with people? How can this truth stir your faith to pray?
Father God, thank you that your Spirit works together with my spirit to teach me about you and to draw me closer to you. I repent of the times that I’ve continued living as a “natural person” and not as the “spiritual person” you’ve created me to be. Please fill me afresh with your Spirit. Draw me closer to you and awaken my spirit to you today. Amen.
Today’s Everyday Devotions were written by Freddie Ingle, who leads our Kingston congregation.
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