“Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.” 1 Cor. 2:12,13 (ESV)
In today’s verse, Paul makes it clear that there is a difference between human wisdom…and wisdom from the Spirit.
As followers of Jesus who are indwelled by the Holy Spirit, we have the capacity to be taught spiritual wisdom by the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, we also have the capacity to continue to follow human wisdom.
Prior to our conversion, we only had one source of wisdom…human wisdom. After our conversion, we obtained the ability to receive wisdom from two sources…the world and the Holy Spirit.
This may cause us at times to feel “schizophrenic” in our evaluation of the events that surround us. We may naturally start evaluating those events through our lens of “human or worldly” wisdom and come to very similar conclusions as our non-believing colleagues.
But there may be times when the indwelling Spirit prompts us to think of those same events through the lens of spiritual wisdom.
Often in that case, our conclusions will be very different.
This may happen within many of the ethical decisions we are faced with in healthcare.
For example, as healthcare professionals, we may be called to give our opinion in matters relating to life at both ends of the spectrum…at the beginning or at end of life.
Regarding those decisions, there may be a wisdom that seems to give an answer that seems straightforward…almost natural. But the source of that wisdom is usually the world…not the Spirit.
When we re-examine the same question seeking the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, we may come up with an entirely different answer.
It requires discipline to develop and maintain spiritual wisdom.
It requires taking the necessary time to be taught by the Holy Spirit.
It requires seeking the illumination of the Spirit.
It also requires resisting the wisdom of the world.
Continue to develop and cultivate your relationship with the indwelling Spirit so that you can “…interpret spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.”
Prayer: Lord, help me develop an ongoing ability to receive illumination from Your Spirit.