Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,

Philippians 2:5 (NRSV)
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

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I’m a parent and a teacher and more often then not I wish I could put a little bit of my brain into the young minds God has put under my care. It would save them a lot of time and money not making the same mistakes I did.

We can’t physically put our brain in their heads but we can teach them to model our pattern of thinking.

I can only imagine God thinking the same about us.

I believe that’s why Paul directed by the Holy Spirit spoke these words:

Philippians 2:5 (NRSV)
Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,

Experience has taught us a lot that we would like to share with others. Can you imagine what the all-knowing creator of the universe wants to share with us?

We have a perfect example to follow—Jesus Christ, God in the flesh.

Why would we choose to ignore His guidance and promptings? Unfortunately, we are bad about not following our own advice. It’s more like do as I say not as I do.

Paul pleas with us—think like Christ. You need a brain transplant.

He would say, “ Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will“. (Romans 12:2 NIV)

Your perspective directs how you act. If you think something is good for you, typically you will pursue it. If your mind tells you it’s bad typically you will do whatever it takes to avoid it.

So to act like Christ we must think like Christ. And to think like Christ we must know how He thinks.

In Philippians 2:6-8 Paul does just that.

You are never entitled to a gift

who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited

Jesus deserves glory. He is worthy of our praises. But He willingly gave up His equality with God.

We should live with an open-handed mentality that says whatever God asks of me He can have.

You are called to Serve

but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,

Jesus spent Hsi short life on this earth serving and He calls us to do the same. He told His disciples that He came to serve and not to be served. But He didn’t leave it there told them that this was an example that they should do as He had done for them.

We are to follow Jesus example of servanthood.

You are called to Humble obedience

he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—  even death on a cross.

No one would ever volunteer to die on a cross. Not only was a cruel death, but it was also a humiliating death. But Jesus humbly accepted the Task. He didn’t have to, He chose to.

We should never act as if we are too good for whatever task God calls us to. Our attitude should not change just because we are not recognized our given a leading position. We should humbly accept the task given to us by our Heavenly father.

You are called to think like Christ

Thinking like Christ means you act like Christ. So now that you know, go put it into practice.

9 thoughts on “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,

  1. What an inspirational message! Amen. Think like Christ and put those actions into practice. 🙂

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    1. I’m glad it inspired you! How much better would our tiny corners of the world be if we all did this.
      God bless!

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  2. Thinking like Christ is a challenge and discipline. Grateful for the Holy Spirit that empowers us to do so.

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    1. Definitely! An I’m so glad He does.

      Like

  3. Reblogged this on Truth in Palmyra and commented:
    I really found this post an inspiration. Our faith is to have feet and be put into action. Thanks for it, Benjamin.

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    1. Thank you for the reblog Wally! The longer I live the more I realize that faith is not really faith until it’s put into action. Whether, that’s giving, going, staying, telling, or keeping quiet.

      Thanks again and God bless

      Like

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