You likely got a reminder last Saturday to move your clocks forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time. While such a reminder might have helped you prepare for a short night (or stirred up deep-seated resentment about the time change!), for many of us, the physical act of moving the clock forward or back is a thing of the past. Our cell phones (doubling as alarm clocks) and smartwatches do it on their own now, syncing automatically with GPS time.
We use the word sync to describe the sharing of data from one tech device to another, but the concept is a spiritual one as well. In one of his letters to a first-century church, Paul writes about a kind of spiritual sync that happens between the Spirit of God and the mind of spiritually discerning disciples. He explains first that “no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Cor 2:11). But then, remarkably, he says, “Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people” (1 Cor 2:12–13, CSB). Paul even goes on to describe the kind of profound spiritual wisdom-syncing that is possible for Christians, saying, “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16).
This doesn’t mean that we can be as smart as God; it means that God desires to share his wisdom, his thoughts, his mindset with us. He wants—and has enabled us—to see ourselves, others, and our world a way that syncs with who God is and forever will be. Such mature and godly thinking is possible—with the Spirit—but it is not automatic. It is “spiritually discerned” by those who give careful attention to the teaching of spiritual truths (1 Cor 2:13, 14).
Do you have a sense of being “out of sync” with God? Turn your attention again to spiritual things. Devote time for reading your Bible, spiritual reflection, prayer, and the study of spiritual truths with spiritual people.