September 1, 2022, 11:00 AM



Don’t Assume You Know


I have always depended on my ability to read other’s feelings. Growing us as the third child of six it helped to know where the wind was blowing. Was dad mad? I better tread lightly. Was one of my brothers mad at another? Should I take sides or ride it out? Or at school, was my teacher full of my attitude, spunk, or disrespect, or could I keep pushing her buttons?? I think most people try and get a read on the current situation they are to determine their next move.

However, depending on this intuition can backfire. I remember a time when I was enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary that I was meeting with my professor, Dr. Burton in his office. We were having a discussion on conducting with several other students. As part of our class, we were describing to Dr. Burton how we would conduct this piece and Dr. Burton would either challenge or agree with us. I was always a bit on edge in this situation. I didn’t necessarily feel I was up to the level of the other students. Dr. Burton rarely, if ever, agreed with my input. It was gut wrenching and tortuous. There was a good lesson that I learned from this particular setting. I don’t quite remember all the details about my part of the conversation leading up to Dr. Burton’s response, but I remember what he said, and I continue to think about it from time to time. Dr. Burton asked me a question point blank. I responded and he questioned my response. When I responded I called into question his motive for asking the question. He looked right at me, in front of all the other students and said, “Marty, you don’t know what I’m thinking!” end of discussion. I quickly looked for a rock to crawl under, my face burned with embarrassment, but I learned a valuable lesson. Not everyone thought like I did. When I assumed to know what they were thinking and what their motives where I put myself in a position to be ashamed and embarrassed.

This scripture has always been a favorite of mine and it comes to mind when I try even today to “read someone’s mind.” Jesus didn’t have to assume anything. He knew men’s thoughts and feelings better than they. Jesus also, didn’t let that determine how He would act or respond. His focus was on God, His Father and for that reason, He is highly exalted.

You may think you know people better than you do. When you read into a situation, you usually put your feelings and your thoughts into someone else’s mind. That’s unfair to the other person and doesn’t make you closer to Jesus’ likeness in any way.

Be like Christ

2 Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility consider one another as more important than yourselves; 4 do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Have this attitude in yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, as He already existed in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself by taking the form of a bond-servant and being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death: death on a cross. 9 For this reason also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name, which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

When tempted to be a mind reader, choose to be like Christ instead. Everyone will benefit from your choice and you will become a step closer to the goal of Christ-likeness.



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