Let This Mind Be In You
Scripture Reference: Philippians 1:27-30, Philippians 2:1-18
Sunday, 27th, August, 2017
In the above exhortations, Apostle Paul is telling believers, “Let the mind that is in Christ- the very thinking of Jesus- be our thinking also. His mindset is the one we all are to seek.”
To have the mindset of Jesus is simply to think and act as Jesus did. It means making Christ-like decisions that determine how we are to live. It means bringing every faculty of our minds to bear on how we actually can have the mind of Christ. Every time we look into the mirror of God’s word, we’re to ask ourselves: “Does what I see about myself reflect the nature and thinking of Christ? Am I changing from image to image, conformed to Jesus very likeness by every experience that God brings into my life?”
Apostle Paul describes what it takes to have the mind-set of Christ. The same conditions he outlined are needed for us to develop a better relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, and also other humans.
In Philippians 2:1-2- ” if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfil my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind,” for instance, urges the Church to have the mind of Christ, because that consists of all things.
As Christians everything about us must be to glorify Jesus. Our thoughts, actions and emotions must be influenced by Jesus Christ. Whatever we do, we must be sure if such is directed and approved by Him first.
In Philippians 3:4- ” let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others,” Jesus demonstrated this mind-set by his willingness to be obedient, to give up something He had and to become the sacrifice of sin. He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death for our sakes. As believers, to let this mind be in us, we must develop the actions and deeds of humility and obedience to the Father. In our lives, we must let God’s will be done. What this means is that, we must give up our worldly ways of life and attitudes that we’ve developed from the living in our society. It means we must behave and act according to God’s expressed will.
Letting the mind of Christ be in us means we must eschew greediness, self-centredness, dishonesty. We must be loving, looking out for other people’s needs and attending to them just as we’d have attended to ours. We must not allow what others say about us demoralise the way we’re to live our lives. People’s actions towards us being hostile or not must not affect our walk with God. Even in the midst of persecutions and tribulations, ours must be to glorify God. Even when troubles come our ways, we must consider it an opportunity for great joy (James 1:2). We must put to a stop to murmurings and complaints as such give the enemy the opportunity to take over. Ours is to concentrate on becoming better Christians every passing day.
All believers have a mandate to have Christ’s attitude toward God’s will and toward people. All believers must care about the salvation of others. All believers must change the way they think naturally, where they put themselves first, to a way of thinking which is spiritual, where we put the welfare of others before theirs.
Heavenly Father, once again I thank You for Your infallible word. I ask that You let the mind of Christ be in me. May I never live on my own intellect but by the dictates and inspirations of the Holy Spirit only. May everything I do be one that is directed and approved by You first. In Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.