I have a friend who ministers to me by occasionally reminding me that I think too much. Being quite the thinker himself, I don’t think he is trying to tell me to think less. There are just times when thinking gets in the way of something more important.

Much of our conversations revolve around the mysteries of God; and our desire to be good stewards of them (1Corinthians 4:1-2). For those of you who feel the same way – and those who would like to – here are a few of my favorites.

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory. 1Timothy 3:16

And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables…” Mark 4:11

For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion… Romans 11:25

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory… 1Corinthians 2:7

We have been redeemed to know, and be a demonstration of, the mysteries of God – and that for our glory. Let that sink in for a minute.

Now, consider this: When we search out the mysteries of God with our minds, they (the mysteries) can be no more that metaphysical concepts. When we believe them with our hearts, they become spiritual realities.

Should stewards of God’s mysteries use their minds? Absolutely! However, mental capacity is no match for faith, and the grace of God.

Faith (and this not of ourselves) appropriates the grace of God for spiritual understanding and wisdom. This is a mystery. I know it to be true by the spiritual experience of God making it known in my heart.

This mystery runs deeper still, for “we have the mind of Christ” (1Corinthians 2:16). This too is a grace of God – appropriated by faith. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17; and another mystery). Notice there is a process here.

Let me close with this encouragement. The mysteries of God are for all disciples of Jesus; not just the ones that are “thinkers”. God has placed a desire in your heart to be a faithful steward of His mysteries. Stir up that desire. It is your calling and privilege!

For those of us that think too much, there is hope for us, too. We must humble ourselves and accept the limitations of our minds. The holder of all mysteries will meet us there!

Humbly yours and forever His,