Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:5-8
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5)
God wants us to have the mind (attitude) of Jesus Christ. Remember that God is conforming us more and more into the image of Jesus (Romans 8:29). Through His sanctifying work, the Holy Spirit is making us more Christ-like. In our passage today, we are told that part of our sanctification involves developing the mind of Christ. This passage from Philippians helps us understand what it means to have the mind of Christ.
First, to have the mind of Christ means that we live lives of humility. Jesus Christ, who is fully God, humbled Himself and became a man. He lived a perfect life of humility on this earth. Look at the way He treated other people, even His opponents. He thought more highly of others that He thought of Himself (v. 3). He was constantly looking after the needs of others, often at His own expense (v. 4).
Second, to have the mind of Christ means a life of servanthood. Jesus said, — “For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). The disciples had a difficult time grasping this. When Jesus washed their feet in the upper room on the night in which He was betrayed, He said to them — “You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do just as I have done to you” (John 13:13-15).
Third, to have the mind of Christ means a life of obedience. Jesus Christ became “obedient to the point of death” (v. 8). He submitted to His Father’s will. Obedience does not save us, but obedience is the proper response to God’s work of grace in our lives. We obey because we love Christ and have the desire to please Him.
Thus, to have the mind of Christ means that we live our lives with humility, seeking to serve Christ and others, and obeying God, for He knows what is best for us. Having the mind of Christ enables us to find true satisfaction and meaning in life. It brings joy and peace to us because we have Jesus with us in all that we do. The bottom line is that we need to learn to view others as Christ views them and we need to see life from Christ’s perspective. Then we can face all of life with the mind of Jesus and find true success in all that we do.
Lord Jesus, I desire to have Your mind. I know it is impossible without the work of Your Spirit. Help me learn how to live a life of humility. Enable me to serve You and others, and grant me the grace and power to obey Your commandments.
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