From Jim O'Brien
December 15, 2017

Hi Friend,

What We Don't Know

Taking a few days off in Marco Island, Florida for a working vacation we were sitting outside Starbucks sipping a Misto while enjoying the warmth of the sunshine. This area is affectionately known as God's waiting room, so I'm a privileged visitor to the casual clad hoary heads that have abandoned a few of the vanities of youth.

Seated next to us was a couple with a Mexican Chihuahua nestled in the man's lap. I commented that the dog had a good life, and the owner replied, "She doesn't know she could be living in Mexico."

I had to chuckle at his allusion to animal limitations-a dog can't comprehend the thoughts of a human. There is a level of life beyond every physical creature. For a house pet it is living in a house with central air, yet not understanding the source of electricity that enables the system to operate. What is the limitation of thought for humans?

There is a difference between humans and dogs, and contrary to the opinion of my college psych professor it's more than the opposable thumb. If a dog had been born with opposable thumbs could he understand algebra?

That's what the Apostle Paul had in mind when he wrote to the Corinthians. "For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him?" (1 Corinthians 2:11)

That is true! There is a non-physical part of every creature of God that differs from every other living being. It is more than two legs versus four or a hand that can grasp a hoe. It's something that can't be seen-and only the blind overlook such a basic truth.

If we only recognize what we can see we would never believe in the existence of germs-or oxygen.

That leaves us with another problem. Is there a level of life beyond human existence? If so, how can we connect with it?

Here is the dilemma: how can a human reach that spirit level? It's a hierarchy of the spirit that is not inherently available to humans. It must be given-Someone has to open the door of understanding. Until that occurs we haven't reached the potential for which we were created. We are still little more than the Chihuahua.

So Paul goes on, "Even so no one knows the things of God except the of Spirit of God."

It's a concept that fascinates the mind of man-that there is a level of existence beyond us. The exciting reality is that we can attain it. A dog can never become a human but a human can join the family of God.

Paul even says that we "have received, not the spirit of the world" (verse 12) but the Spirit of God, "that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God."

Part of that process is something else that must be revealed-the system of worship created by God. The same system He revealed to Abraham, Moses and the Prophets of old.

Until next time,

Jim O'Brien