GOSPEL HUMILITY

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:1-3

“For By the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” (Romans 12:3)

Paul is now working out what it means to be transformed — “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (v. 2). What does a transformed mind look like? How does a transformed mind think? A transformed mind is patterned according to the mind of Christ — “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).

Take time to read Philippians 2:1-8. In the passage we see what is meant by the mind of Christ. These words stick out in my mind — humility, servant, sacrifice. To have the mind of Christ we must not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think. In fact, “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3). Remember that we have nothing to boast about but our Lord — “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (I Corinthians 1:31). We are saved by grace, not by any effort of our own.

Look at Jesus. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, but He humbled Himself and became a servant. He sacrificed (emptied Himself) for us. To have the mind of Christ is to think like He thinks. When we begin to do so, we think less of ourselves and we desire to serve others. This is the key to transformed living — to have the mind of Christ.

Lord Jesus, enable me to have Your mind this day. Let me think like a humble servant. Let me be willing to give myself away for others today. Don’t let me think more highly of myself than I should think. I have nothing to boast about but You alone, Lord.

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