Spiritual Dullness

“There is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God.”—Romans 3:11 (NKJV)


You may be thinking, “Woof. That’s a little harsh. I’m a Christian after all. Of course I seek God!” Something important to remember about our faith in the Lord is that our faith did not originate with us—our faith was given to us by God, and it comes to us through the Spirit.


In our natural state, we cannot understand, and we do not seek Him. That’s why in John 8:43 (NKJV), Jesus said, “Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word.” But in our supernatural, Spirit-given state, we can and we do.


We are all guilty of being spiritually, well . . . dull. If it weren’t for the grace of Jesus, we wouldn’t have access to His Spirit at all. His Spirit was given to us when Jesus left the earth, and it was the dawn of a new era—God’s Spirit now resides within His children. The Spirit within us grants us every good thing: the attributes of Christ, the fruit of the Spirit, faith, understanding, and the desire to seek God.


It’s no surprise that these things don’t “belong” to us, that they don’t come to us “naturally.” But how do we access them? How do we claim them as our own? Being children of God, we’ve been given the right to go to Him with every request, we’re given the ability to seek Him. Do we take that authority for granted?


For most, we read this and know what it is to be revealed to the beauty of Jesus and seeking after Him. But some of us stop there. We recognize what and who He is—and we love Him! But we miss out on the aspects of knowing His Spirit when we stop there. Our eternity is still promised and secure, but we often have the tendency to slide through life without impacting others or the world because we aren’t actively and daily seeking the Lord so we can hear from Him and allow Him to work in us.


The Spirit of God is wondrous and it is wild. We’ve become accustomed to leaving God in a box that we open for fifteen minutes when we read a morning devo, and for a couple hours when we go to church on the weekend. But there’s MORE. His Spirit is alive, and accessible, and as children of God we’ve been given the right to seek Him; therefore, we must seek Him.


DIG: Read John 3:34, Acts 4:31, Romans 3, and 1 John 4:13–16.

DISCOVER: Seeking Him can mean different things, but His Word can’t be replaced by anything—it’s His living and breathing letter to us that continually shows us who He is and brings us closer to Him. Ask Him to reveal His Spirit to you daily, to reveal the truth of His ever-present nature.

DISPLAY: Choose to walk within the spiritual aspects of God’s character. Ask for His attributes to cover you, your character, and your mind today.

About the Author

Cortney Gurr