|1 Corinthians 14:14-16|
|Wednesday, September 07 2011|
Connecting Mind with Spirit...
Often times, we detach our mind from our spirit, but we should strive to connect them:
"(For) if I pray in a tongue, my spirit is at prayer but my mind is unproductive. So what is to be done? I will pray with the spirit, but I will also pray with the mind. I will sing praise with the spirit, but I will also sing praise with the mind. Otherwise, if you pronounce a blessing (with) the spirit, how shall one who holds the place of the uninstructed say the "Amen" to your thanksgiving, since he does not know what you are saying?" -1 Corinthians 14:14-16, NAB
Many people live two very different lives. One is connected, through the spirit, to the Lord, and the other, through the mind, is connected to the world. Looking inward, we develop a deep relationship with our Lord, but we struggle to connect that to the world around us. While developing a relationship with Christ is important, sharing that relationship with others is just as important.
This verse once again contrasts speaking in tongues, in the language of the spirit, with our everyday communication. Paul challenges us in this verse to bridge the gap between these two forms of communication for the sake of others. While some will say that our prayers should be private, not public, this verse seems to be challenging that in a sense. True, we should not pray in public to "show off" our faith, but we should pray in public so that we might inspire others by our faith. The same goes for our praise and worship of the Father. Our outward praise of the Father should be a sign to the world of His love and mercy.
When we do pray outwardly, we have the chance to show others the love Christ has for us. In one sense, when we pray outwardly, we may fall into the trap of doing it to lift up ourselves, and this is sinful in nature. However, if we pray outwardly to lift up the Lord, we have the chance to show others the beauty and majesty of our Lord. Step 1: connect our spirit with our mind.
Do not be afraid to connect your spiritual life with your everyday life here on earth. While our focus should always be on heaven, we are doing God's Will if we share and teach others how to have that same focus. Many times, we will try to teach someone about Christ with our mind, but we will generally fail in this way; however, by teaching someone about Christ by our example when we connect our mind to our spirit, people will follow. Let your example of faith be the shining example of God's grace in our lives. Let others see your prayer and praise as a reason to seek it for themselves.