Need The Mind of Christ

Philippians 2:5

What is the mind of Christ? First, Jesus had a nonstop God-consciousness. God was part of every experience of His life. He did not split His life into two parts: the sacred and the secular, the religious and the ordinary.

When questioned about His miracles or His teaching He would reply humbly, “I do always the will of My Father,” (John 8:29) or “I speak only what My Father tells me to speak” (John 12:50). Life was all of one piece, like the seamless robe He wore.

The awareness of God’s presence and purpose was most perfectly seen in His obedience to God’s will in the Garden of Gethsemane. As He prays beneath the olive trees lit by the Pascal moon, we hear His words in that sacred moment,

“Not My will, but Yours be done” (Luke 22:42). Jesus was prepared to subordinate His own will, good and blameless as it was, to the will of God. So He rose from His knees and went forward to face the cross and become the world’s Redeemer. That was the mind of Christ. Unquestionably obedient.

How obedient to the will of God are we? Does the world crowd in too much and put God to the margin of our experience? Let us ask the Holy Spirit to shape our attitudes to Christ’s, to make us more aware of God’s presence and ready to do His will above all else. Let this obedient mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.

Secondly, a beautiful characteristic of the mind of Christ was His awareness of others. He was never self-absorbed, but always concerned for the people He met among the crowds that milled around Him.

It is fascinating to watch Jesus in the Gospel stories, calling the children closer to Him when His disciples would chase them away, or noticing a poor woman quietly putting two coins in the temple treasury. He made friends with unsavory characters. His ear caught the faint cry of a blind man almost lost in the noisy crowd. His compassion reached out to each one. He was love personified.

The mind of Christ is a loving mind. Do we have a mind like that? That kind of love is costly. To have the mind of Christ is to love like that.

Eva Burrows, The Salvationist Pulpit

 

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