Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:5-8
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5)
I decided early this year that my goal is to develop the mind of Christ more and more in my life. I have to work diligently on learning how to appropriate the presence of Jesus in my life (Galatians 2:20). Verse 5 in the second chapter of Philippians tells me to have the mind of Christ “which is yours.” I understand this to mean that I have access to the mind of Christ. I can yield my way of thinking to His way of thinking because He is in me.
As I read this passage, I see four key characteristics of the mind of Christ. First is humility. Jesus Christ humbled Himself when He became man — “Though He was in the form of God, (He) did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped” (v. 6). He willingly took upon Himself human nature when He was born in the likeness of men (v. 7). Jesus yielded His rights as the Son of God to become fully human — God became man.
Second is servanthood. Jesus who is the King of kings and Lord of Lords took on “the form of a servant” (v. 7). He came to this earth to serve. In fact, His entire earthly life was marked by servanthood — “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
Third is sacrifice. Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice — “And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (v. 8). Jesus voluntarily went to the cross to save His people. He laid down His life for His people.
Fourth is obedience. Jesus yielded His will to His Father’s will. In His humanity, Jesus lived a perfect life of obedience. He obeyed even to the point of death.
Having the mind of Christ means that we begin to think like Christ thinks. It means seeking to live a life of humility, servanthood, sacrifice and obedience. It means yielding our desires to His desires for us. It means putting His will before our will. In order to do this, we must draw off His presence and power in our lives. Remember His mind can be ours if we yield to His way of thinking.
Lord Jesus, give me Your mind this day. Let me live a life of humility. Let me learn more and more how to humble myself before You and others. Enable me to be a servant today, serving freely and without complaint. Give me the ability to make sacrifices for others as I seek to remember the greatest sacrifice You made for me. And let me be obedient to Your Word this day.
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