The Mind of Christ, My Savior

6a00d8341bf7f753ef00e54f21186d8834-800wiDo you ever feel like you are on a spiritual  roller coaster? You have the most gentle disposition one moment, and as fast as that first plunge of the coaster you find yourself downright cantankerous.

Are there certain days of the week  that you habitually more spiritual than others?

If you were to graph your disposition throughout the week, would there be a direct correlation between your actions and whether your circumstances were pleasing you or not?

This was never the case with our Savior.  Knowing how inconsistent we can be, the apostle Paul points us to none other than Jesus.  God’s command to us is to actively pursue a specific mindset–the mind of Christ.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 2:5)

Consider Christ, who though he was God, made himself of no reputation, became a servant, and became obedient to a horrible and shameful death on the cross (Phil. 2:5-8). The great encouragement is that Jesus not only lived out this example for us, but he also gave us his Spirit to produce fruit in our lives. Yet, we cannot be passive about this command.  The verse above teaches us that there needs to be an exercising of the mind.

I’ve already said it, but I think it bears repeating–we can be so inconsistent.  How we must sense our need to pursue the mind of Christ, who

when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himselft to him that judgeth righteously. (1 Pt. 2:23)

As children of God’s kingdom, we are under the authority of King Jesus. Do we look like subjects of the kingdom of Jesus?  The kingdom attributes  of Jesus (taught in Matt. 5) should be evident to those who live with us.  There will be Spirit-produced fruit in our lives.  They will see the beauty of love, joy, and peace.  They will experience the sweet aroma of our patience, kindness, and goodness.  They will taste of our faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  In short, they will see Christ in us as we allow his mind to be in us.

Our part in this process is to consider Christ often.  Stay connected to the true Vine, or else there will be no fruit (John 15:3, 4).  As often as we fail, is as often as we are not considering Christ.  I don’t know about you, but I sense so often that I fall short of the mind of Christ.

The hymn below has come to my mind during several of Pastor’s messages, but it is not in our hymnal!  So, here  you go.  Learn it, sing it, and and make it a habitual prayer of your life.  It will encourage you to have the mind of Christ, and to seek God in that endeavor. We are teaching it to our kids–there is a lot there to teach (and live).

Listen to it here.


One Response

  1. Wonderful old hymn. Thanks for reminding me of it.

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