Let the meaner minds contemplate the minor things. By the meaner mind, we mean those who have no desire to search out not only the deep things of God, but those who do not know Him and the simple things of this world that satisfy them.
I have had a saying now, a reoccurring statement if you will about these lost souls and their meaner minds for quite some time, and the paths of nearly their entire lives, and it fits them well. Get up, go to work, come home, go on vacation once or twice a year, and call it life. They search for little to nothing different; they do not push themselves to excel in anything, nor do they have any desire to learn anything simply for the sake of the knowledge itself. They would consider it a waste of time, useless information that would avail them nothing. “How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?” (Proverbs 1:22)
These same individuals would consider themselves well-rounded folks, yet they have only skimmed the surface of nearly any topic that might come up in any conversation. Most generally these simple-minded folks, these meaner folks as they were once named, do not like what they call “smart people,” those who have advanced their knowledge in one or more areas, they are seen by them as too high-minded, yet the reality is actually just the opposite, these learned individuals are disliked because they pose a threat, recognized or not, to the unlearned. It matters little the trade or craft the knowledgeable one is competent in, they will be ostracized from others because of their knowledge. The Pharisees did not like Jesus, in fact they hated Him, God was among them, and they hated God.
“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” (Proverbs 4:7)
Have you ever noticed how most generally the pastor of any church is looked up to, whether he is one that tickles the ears (2 Timothy 4:3) of the congregation, or if he is indeed a man called by the Lord, but find that individual in the church whose face is set like a flint towards God, whose one and only desire is to glorify the Almighty, one who studies and contemplates His will and Word all the day, and you will find a member of that church who is not exactly well liked. The meaner folk will feel as if he is “talking down” to them, that he should mind his own business, or perhaps leave and start his own church. How many of them think that this man of God is simply attempting to put himself on a pedestal, to seem more knowledgeable, more Spiritually discerning than what he truly is. Probably most.
Self-inflicted vanity, pride, jealousy, call it what you will, these individuals do not want to learn the oracles of God, they want to listen, but they don’t want to hear, they want to be Christians, but they don’t want to be crucified.
There is a measure of faith that is given to each of us, and I don’t believe that we will reach that full measure unless we desire above all to live that crucified life, to forsake all for Jesus Christ, to desire in whatever way that He sees fit, to be a part of the fellowship of His sufferings. (Philippians 3:10) The term “simple-minded” has an entirely different terminology than the meaner mind, the simple-minded one cannot help but be the way he is, part of his brain does not coalesce. The meaner mind chooses to remain simple, for the tasks that are set in front of him hold no value in his eyes.
Why would anyone who has no plans to travel to Scotland from where they live study in-depth about that nation? Now ask yourself, if heaven is indeed you destination, and Jesus is your King, what are you spending your time contemplating?