1Cor 1-4 More on Sharing Christ
Paul is teaching in 1Cor 2: God has “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him.” [1Cor 2:9] The work of the Holy Spirit reveals the truths about God and His Word to the unbelieving.
To continue our thoughts from yesterday’s post from Romans, if we want others to see and come to know God, we have to live out those truths. But, also realize that when we witness to someone who is an unbeliever, they are confounded and confused. They don’t love God the way we do. It is as simple as that. Paul goes on: The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them because they are spiritually discerned. [1Cor 2:14] So take heart when you witness to unbelievers. Do not be surprised when unbelievers scoff at you or seek to prove you wrong. We must be the light to the blind, and we do it by loving them as Christ loved us. God’s plan is higher than ours, and His ways are not the ways of men. [Is 55:8-9]
Today our challenge is to stop and praise God for the “things” that He has revealed to us and live it out practically. We do it because He loves us. We do it because we love them and want them to spend eternity with us. We do it because we have the mind of Christ. We do it because we now can access, discern and appraise what is truth and what is not! That is the truth of Hebrews 5:14, “But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.”