There was a quote I remember reading years ago, though I can’t remember from whom, that went something like this, “I was thinking the other day that my brain has got to be the greatest organ in my body, but then I realized who was telling me this.” Very funny!
The brain is arguably the most powerful organ in the human body. After all, it’s responsible for everything from the way I move to what I think. It’s even active while I’m asleep. 85 billion neurons complete upwards of five trillion chemical reactions each second, at speeds of over 260 miles per hour. That’s powerful.
The human mind is more powerful than the largest supercomputer and can solve great problems. However, what many people don’t realize is that as powerful as the human mind is, it is powerless to accomplish anything spiritually unless and until it is reprogrammed by God.
In the same way that humans are alive physically but dead spiritually – until God performs the miracle of removing the heart of stone (dead to God and all things spiritual), replacing it with a heart of flesh, and putting in a “new spirit” (Ezekiel 36:26-27) – humans are spiritually brain-dead until God miraculously reprograms the brain to accept and obey spiritual truth.
I’ve often used David E. Matthews quote, “It does not require half as much brains to find out something is wrong as it does to correct it.” The fact is, however, that until God initiates a brain awakening, the human mind (half or otherwise) is not capable of figuring out that anything is wrong spiritually.
In our natural, unregenerate state, there is something dramatically wrong with our minds. As a consequence of our suppressing the knowledge of God in our sin, we have been given over to a debased mind (Romans 1:28).
Though it may appear to be so at times, unsaved people do not ever seek after God. Unregenerate people who look like they are seeking after god, as Thomas Aquinas said, are seeking the benefits only God can give, not God Himself.
To have a sound mind, a spiritual mind, a mind that seeks after God and desires to do what is right, one must first be touched by the ultimate spiritual awakening brain surgeon, the Holy Spirit. And that is only the beginning. Though now capable of becoming like Christ, a new spiritually awakened mind is virtually empty. The only way we can be transformed is with a renewed mind (Romans 12:1-2). As R.C. Sproul said, “A renewed mind results from diligently pursuing the knowledge of God… True Christians want God to dominate their thinking and to fill their minds with ideas of Himself.” That’s how we love God with all our mind!
“He answered, ‘Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Luke 10:27