Mindset of Christ
October 25, 2022
Philippians 2:5 - In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus
This verse is the beginning of a part of scripture where Paul is talking about humility. Paul feels that the Philippians have humility or at least understand what it means as Christians. As believers, we’ve been learning that we are to resemble the attitude of Christ.
Jesus Christ, even though He was God, took the form of a servant and was born human. He lived an obedient life. He gave up the distinction and honor of being the son of God and was despised and rejected by those around Him. Then died innocently on the cross. He was lifted up and exalted above everyone and everything. He set an example for us as to how we might develop true humility.
Jesus maintained a perfect attitude in every situation. He never became defensive or discouraged, His goad was always to please His Father rather than to do whatever He wanted to do. He prayed about everything and worried about nothing. Wow, if only we would seek God’s guidance about every aspect of our lives and allow Him to work out His perfect will for us!
Have you ever noticed that when we become preoccupied with all the little things in our lives, it can cause conflicts and problems in other areas of our life? When we try to control our own circumstances, our future and the people around us, we’re trying to act like we want to be god. Our God, doesn’t want us to become gods. He wants us to become like Him by taking on His attitudes and characters. He wants us to grow spiritually and love like He loved.
That kind of love is always seeking the good of others before our own good. It’s a desire to give rather than receive. A love that isn’t based on others telling you how good you are but in you letting others know what kind of an impact they have had on your life. It’s serving others instead of being served. It’s the kind of love that Christ had when He died on the cross for our sins.