Monday, February 6, 2012

Christians Without Christian Minds

"The mind's activity has been compared to 1,000 switchboards, each big enough to serve New York City, all running at full speed as they receive and send questions and orders. Put another way, there is more electronic equivalent in one human brain than in all the radio and television stations of the entire world put together!"

"The dizzying potential of the human mind reaches its apex in the possibility of possessing the mind of Christ through the ministry of the Holy Spirit - a possibility affirmed by Paul when he said, "But we have the mind of Christ" - a mind which is constantly renewed (cf. 1 Corinthians 2:16 and Romans 12:2). No computer will ever be able to think God's thoughts, nor will any device ever be able to know the heart of God or do His works. But the mystery which resides between our ears has this capacity. Indeed, it was created for this - to have the mind of Christ."

"This cosmic potential of the believer's mind introduces the great scandal of today's church: Christians without Christian minds, Christians who do not think Christianly - a tragic fact is far more true of professing Christian men than woman, as we shall see."

R. Kent Hughes, Disciplines of a Godly Man, pp. 71-72

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

There Are No Preachers In Heaven

Therefore, brothers, since we have boldness to enter the sanctuary through the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He has inaugurated for us, through the curtain (that is, His flesh); and since we have a great high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water.
Hebrews 10:19-22

The thought struck me today that there is no need for my calling in Heaven. There is no record of a preacher being transported in the Spirit to Heaven in order to preach a well-constructed sermon. There is already a preacher in Heaven far superior to all here. There is also no need for any deacon there, nor any Sunday School teacher, nursery worker, kitchen committee member, greeter, missionary, property committee member, encourager, prophet, etc., etc.  Any work that needs to be done there is immediately accomplished by an innumerable host of angelic warrior-servants.

There is no record of us coming there now, in the Spirit, to do anything for our great God. There is, however, an encouragement for us to enter that place for one reason . . . Prayer.  Maybe that is why Jesus said that His Father's house would be called a house of prayer.  He was zealous to teach that fact, driving money-changers and animal-sellers out of the temple with a whip of cords.

So, as I thought, it struck me. If I want to be well-known in Heaven today, I should focus less on preaching, and more on praying. And, if you want an audience with the King, you will not gain it through your works, but only through faith in His Son and by prayer.