WORSHIPING WITH OUR MINDS
The apostle Paul wrote to a church that believed that they were
pretty smart. The Corinthian church had gnostic ideas that they
were acting out. They felt superior and yet they were sinful in
ways that we would blush at even today. Paul had to correct them
and he did so without holding back. In 1 Corinthians 2, Paul
taught them to rely on the Holy Spirit instead of human wisdom.
The multifaceted gnostic belief impacting the Corinthians
involved a "mystery" knowledge, that only a select few could
know. Out of this came a hierarchial system of authority. Also,
they apparently embraced the gnostic principles of "More spirit,
less mind. More mind, less spirit" and "The body is evil anyway,
so do whatever you want."
Thinking they were more "spiritual" through these things, they
actually became susceptible to the pragmatic human wisdom that
concerns itself with "the bottom line". This view leads to
manipulative forms of activity, in order to affect a desired result.
In effect, the very motivations for "worship" were being
Jesus made it clear that true worship is an expression of love for
God "with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your
strength and with all your mind". (Matthew 22:37) All parts of
our being work in tandem as we worship God. One part is no less
important than the other. Paul reiterated Jesus' words when he
said "I will sing with the spirit and I will sing with the mind also".
(1 Corinthians 14:15)
Words mean something when they come from a mind that
understands. A parrot could say "I worship you" but has no
understanding. A robot could say "I love you" but does not
understand. But a human being, created in God's image, can
know the meaning of the words he speaks - or sings. We are
honouring our very Creator when we engage our minds regarding
decisions about worship and during our expressions of worship
The Bible is a great tool for a worshiper. In it we, with our minds,
see the God who has no equal, who loves and forgives. For
example, Psalm 118 is not only an encouragement to praise the
Lord, it tells us why we should do so. Understanding the reason
for an action requires our intellect. Any time we are about to
express our worship, we are wise to focus our thoughts on the
greatness of God and love him with our minds.
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