The Mind of Christ

What does it mean when we say, “Have the mind of Christ”, or “What would Jesus do?”

Paul actually describes to us what it means to have the mind of Christ, and it is not always what we think it is.  Too many today believe the mind of Christ is about loving and caring, and having wisdom, and being in charge.  And, while many of these things are true, and are good things, they are not really what Paul had in mind when he said in Philippians 2:5

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

While this passage is quoted, preached, and taught, few have an understanding of what it really means.  To gain the insight we need into this passage you must read it in full context.  Paul describes the mind of Christ from verses 3-8 of that chapter.  This excerpt is from the NIV version:

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,  not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.  In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:  Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing  by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—  even death on a cross!”

This puts a whole new spin to the concept of “have the mind of Christ.”  It’s not about who can be the highest, the most important, the most respected, etc, etc…  But, if we take the points in this passage one by one it means being unselfish, humble, a servant, and obedient.  Doesn’t sound like a whole lot of fun, does it?  But, consider Jesus and how he acted and reacted.  By humbling Himself he was able to draw every person to Himself, even though by doing this it cost Him something.  Of course, we know it cost Him his life, but there were other costs, too.  Pride, for one.  Ambition, for another.  Selfishness, for still another.  He gave these things up in order to be obedient to the Father and fulfill the Will of God.  Although He had power, he did not use this power to gain advantage, to destroy His enemies, or promote Himself.

So, it is a good thing to want to have the mind of Christ, but at least now we know exactly what that means.

One Response to “The Mind of Christ”

  1. Bea McGuire Says:

    You give new meaning to this scripture! I never really thought of it in these terms but I will remember it always now. Thank you Brother. Keep up the great work! Blessings….

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