Thursday, January 24.
“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. Text: 1 Corinthians 2:14
During a period of rush hour traffic, an elderly lady made a decision to go across the street. Because of the fast flow of vehicle, she was fearful, confused, and therefore hesitant to cross by herself. In the end, a gentleman came up to her and asked if he could cross the street with her. The lady was grateful and very relieved. She took his armed and stepped into the busy intersection. As the pair went down the street, the lady got progressively alarmed. She was alarmed because the gentleman zigzagged across the street to the blare of horns and screeching brakes. They finally reached their destination. Instead of the lady telling the gentleman thanks, she turned to him and said, “You almost got us killed! You walked like you are blind.” I am,” he replied. “That’s why I asked if I could cross with you.”
Like we do sometimes, the lady did not make the best choice. The man she thought would guide her with a steady arm and wisdom to avoid them being killed could not guide them both. He desperately needed guidance himself. Jesus Christ talked about the blind leading the blind. He said, “When the blind leads the blind, they both end up in the ditch.” In our world today, we need spiritual guidance. We live in a fast paced, fast changing culture. Ours is a world where many do not believe in God or the Bible. Ours is a world where folks depend on natural, worldly knowledge as opposed to spiritual knowledge. Living in Post-Christian America, we are constantly blitzed by powerful influence such as the media, peer pressure, social trends, culture driven religion and cults. In our everyday life, we hear things like, “All religion leads to the same god, If it feels good, it must be right. as the right to tell you how to live your life. Women should have the choice to abort their babies. If what I am doing does not hurt anyone, it’s okay.”
But the most alarming and dangerous part is the reality that there is a growing lack of discernment among Christians. Why is that so? We as Christians today lack discernment because of our failure to see the issues clearly, to think things through the eyes of God and Scriptures, failure to see the implication of actions, choices and decisions. And also failure to rely on the Holy Spirit for guidance.
In Matthew 7:6, Jesus Christ admonishes His followers to exercise discernment when it came to the things of God. Jesus says, “Give not the things that are holy unto dogs, neither cast ye your pearls unto swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” Jesus here is saying we must use discernment when it comes to God’s possessions. It is possible to waste God’s possessions by casting them unto people or influences that can contaminate them. This tells us that it is very important to be people of spiritual discernment. Why do we need spiritual discernment? Let us rely on the Holy Spirit to help us discern spiritually.
Memory verse: Psalms 1:1
“Sound judgement, with discernment is the best of seers.” Euripides