Thinking with the Mind of Christ
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.
Do not conform any longer 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.
(Philippians 2:5-11; Ephesians 5:1-2, 8; Romans 12:2)
If you’re serious about letting Christ change your life, you’ll be asking yourself this question a lot.
Christ’s death on the cross did a lot more than teat up your rap sheet and clear your name with the Judge. By accepting His death, you have also accepted His life, the seeds of a new character that He is forming inside you as you let His words become yours, as you begin adopting His nature of purity, trust, and humility, crowding out the self-centered clutter you’ve been accumulating all these years. Christ has come to clean house, to bag up the stuff that needs to go in the garage, to throw open the windows for fresh breezes of godly insight and perspective, to shine the revealing light of His word into every corner of your life. As He starts to work within your everyday experiences, you’ll not only begin doing things His way, but thinking the He thinks, becoming sick to your stomach at the sight of your own unfaithfulness. Yet you are renewed to seek your thrills at no other place than the satisfying waters of Christian obedience and to filter your daily decisions through the lens of His unselfish love.
“God’s intention is that we be free from this world’s mindset. When we think like God thinks, we are free from the bonds of Satan.” – T. W. Hunt
Tomorrow’s Reading: Once you’re known the Father’s love and felt the Son’s transforming embrace, you can open your life to the sweet presence and safeguarding of the Holy Spirit.