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The Mindset of Christ: Let This Mind be in you…

Philippians 2:5-8 KJV

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

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

In my quest to walk more in the things of God, I have been reflecting and meditating on this scripture quite often in the last two to three weeks. When considering the meaning of the scripture, it became curiously thought provoking because its instructions are to have the attitude of Christ and then explains this mindset as one of selfless humility and obedience.

I imagine when Jesus took on flesh and was sent to live among mankind, He could have said “Father, I am Divine like You, I am Deity as well. Why do I have to do this? Why do I have to suffer for mankind? Why do I have to endure what is harsh for those who may not even accept Me?” In fact, isn’t this usually the mindset we have even as Christians? I know it has vastly been my mindset. However, we know that’s not what Jesus did, the above scripture said He ”made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant.” All of this was His choice and His action of obedience to the Will of the Father. I asked the Holy Spirit, what kind of love did Jesus have for the Father in order to submit to such a task? But I think we know, because Jesus addressed this when He indicated the greatest command:

Matthew 22:36-38 (NIV)

‘“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.’

In fact, in the book of Deuteronomy alone, we are instructed to: turn to, to love, to serve and to obey the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our soul and all our might. With such a heart and mindset toward God, I believe we will find God can use us to do amazing and mighty things as an outcome of selfless humility and obedience to Him; as a result of having the mindset of Christ.