The writer of the 139th Psalm, King David, expressed centuries ago what science now proclaims – the magnificence and complexity of our human minds. Not only are we the only species to inhabit planet earth that has a soul; within our marvelous framework we have the ability to reflect God’s image in using His gifts of creativity and intellect. Only people build bridges and hospitals, write novels and compose symphonies. God, who loves to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11) revels in endless variety. Just look at us!
Recently I had the opportunity to take a course that challenged us to develop God given talents and strengths for ministry. This course utilized findings from the Gallup International Research & Education Center. The research included findings from two million interviews taken over the last thirty years. We learned that not only is the human brain amazingly complex – but that each of our unique talents are formed early on – in the womb! “Your synapses create your talents. So how are your synaptic connections made? Forty-two days after you are conceived, your brain experiences a four-month growth spurt. Actually, the word “spurt” doesn’t do justice to the sheer scale of what happens. On your forty-second day you create your first neuron, and 120 days later you have a hundred billion of them. That’s a staggering 9,500 new neurons every second…” (from Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton, Ph. d
The psalmist talked of God making all our delicate inner parts. God must have been ecstatic the day He created the human brain – that amazing part of us that holds our talents, capabilities and dreams – what a creation – what a gift! How God must have smiled. What obvious delight the Father takes in us, His beloved children.
My mother’s passion is painting portraits. She likes to paint pictures of famous people. I remember portraits in the house of President John Kennedy and Ghandi. But she also liked to paint pictures of someone else. When I was growing up, she often painted pictures of me. That made me feel incredibly loved! To think that she determinately spent hours and hours creating my image. Think how that concept is magnified with God’s love for us! He created each of us in His image and took the time and effort to put together each minute piece of our personalities, physical features, dominant thinking patterns and talents. He considered every detail, and how we would all fit together for a specific purpose.
When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment, He said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” [emphasis mine] (Matthew 22:36,37)
Loving God with all our heart and soul are natural responses when the grace of God is revealed to us. We can’t work our way to heaven, but certainly acts of love and compassion are one way to show God we love Him. What are some good ways to love God with all our minds? Studying His Word is essential to growth in the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Another step in loving God with all our minds is getting to know the mind God gave us, and using our intellect in service to others. It’s worth further investigation. Not only will we grow in usefulness to the body of Christ, but an increased understanding of the unique way God made each one of us makes one feel incredibly loved.
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – and how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. Psalm 139:13-16 New Living Translation