A Spiritual Mind
"Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind." - Colossians 2:18 NIV As a Christ follower I desire to have a truly spiritual mind; knowing and understanding the mysteries of God. I think at a basic level we all do. But as I read today, I saw a vital characteristic often overlooked: humility. It's easy to remember that studying God's word and praying are important aspects. Add to that, Christian service and a general disposition of love for people and you've got a perfect recipe for success. However, Paul shares that humility is also absolutely vital. The people causing disruption in Colossae seem spiritual enough. Boasting about the things they'd seen and the angels they worshiped. But Paul describes them as "delighting in false humility." He also warns Christians not to be disqualified as a result of such pride. Talking about our experience in the Lord can be faith building both for ourselves and others. But if unchecked or infused with pride we run the risk of being puffed up; making everything about us instead of God. This is not an aspect of a spiritual mind. Let us truly pray for greater revelation and experience today, but may it be received with humility and gratitude as we grow in our understanding of God's Kingdom. Questions to Consider:
What are some aspects of a spiritual mind that you would add?
Search the scriptures for what God says about pride and humility. Why does Paul say that pride would disqualify us?