For years, I have rested in the knowledge that as a Spirit-filled believer, I have access to the mind of Christ. Believing He will help me to know what choices to make as I look to Him has been a part of what it means to have the mind of Christ.
But I have benefited from a new thought. To have the mind of Christ, I must also listen to others.
A leader of a Bible study group in Kansas City told me she needed a leader for a group of teens. She decided to ask Ramona whom she knew to be an excellent teacher.
Before she had opportunity to ask Ramona, though, her assistant queried another lady who replied, "Oh, I'd love to."
The leader thought, "Now, Lord, this is interesting. I would have asked Ramona, but I can see that this other lady is exactly the right one. She's had five teenagers and keeps up with what's going on with teens."
Just then, Ramona said, "I am so glad you didn't ask me."
The assistant, realizing that perhaps she had gotten ahead of her leader, turned to the leader and said, "Oh, I'm sorry. I should have asked you first."
This wise leader replied, "No, you did the right thing. We have the mind of Christ-all of us together."
The Apostle Paul stated that the whole body of Christ has the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). To think that we alone have the final thoughts of Christ with small regard for other Christians' opinions can be a mark of pride and an independent spirit. The Holy Spirit within us is the Spirit of truth, and when we listen to Him, He protects us from wrong decisions. But we also know that "wisdom from above is...submissive."
Thank You, Jesus, for the protection you provide through the counsel of others.
"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is...willing to yield to others" (James 3:17 NLT).