Sunday, October 04, 2009
Mind of Christ
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:5-11, New King James Version
Mind of Christ
How would you compare yourself to Christ? That question seems almost absurd, does it not? How can we compare ourselves to the One who is God, and yet was willing to come to this earth for the sole purpose of purchasing a people for Himself through His shed blood on the cross?
Does it not surprise you that He chose to come to live with a poor, humble family? He could have lived with any family--even in the courts of the rich and wealthy of that day! He could have been raised in the eyes of the people, who would rejoice at such a fine prince. Would He not have been more effective in reaching the lost? Absolutely not!
Christ was not interested in the self-righteous of the land; He came to seek and to save the lost lambs. The rich were certainly welcome into His kingdom, but, sadly, very few of the rich were even interested. Christ even said, "It is more likely for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to come to Christ."
Why do you suppose that is true? I suspect that it is very hard for the rich to humble themselves to the point of being willing to give all to Christ. That does not mean that a rich person cannot be saved, but it means that many of the wealthy will not be willing to give up all they have for Christ.
What do you value more than Christ? That can be a painful question to answer, but it is one we must consider. Anything we place before Christ has become a god to us. By the grace of God we must pray that God will help us to serve Him, alone. It is true that Christ gives us many blessings, but these blessings must never come before Him!
Now, let us look at the rest of the story. What happened to Christ after His resurrection?
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
What could we possibly have here that would be worth more than all of the blessings and glories awaiting us in heaven? That is the real issue!
We must pray that God would grant to us the mind of Christ! It may take all of our life to achieve, but with it comes peace, joy, and contentment!
God Bless You,