Do we have the mind of Christ Jesus?
What is the mind of Christ Jesus?
“He made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in a human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:7,8)This is the mind of Christ Jesus.
(To be nothing, To be a servant, To walk humbly, To be Obedient.)
Apostle Paul says us to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.(Philippians 2:5)
As the result of this,
God exalted Lord Jesus to the highest place and gave Him the name 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 acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9,10,11)
God expects us to be like this, always to have the mind of Christ Jesus. The word of God says,
What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
From the birth of Lord Jesus Christ to His death, He made nothing, He humbled, He was obedient.
- The Birth of Lord Jesus Christ:
The birth of Jesus started in the manger, as there was no place in the room.
“She gave birth to her first born, a Son. She wrapped Him in cloths and placed Him in a manger, because there was not guest room available for them.” (Luke 2:7)
What is the manger? Manger is a trough or an open box in which feed for livestock is placed. This shows the humble state which God prepared for Lord Jesus Christ even in His Birth to set Himself as an example for us to walk in His footsteps.
Not only in His Birth, even in His circumcision. Jesus parents took a pair of doves for sacrifice offering. This too shows the humble state where they took a pair of doves instead of taking a bull.
Also many asked Jesus that Isn’t this son of carpenter? Even though He is the Son of God, He did not hide his face from their mocking. (Isaiah 50:6)
These incidents shows us that Lord Jesus Christ didn’t live a life in a way of lavishing or a luxurious life. In one of His statement, He says,
“Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” (Luke 9:58)
Also we read in Bible that He had no time to eat, He slept at the back of the boat. All the ways of His life He made nothing, taking the very nature of a servant. He didn’t care about Himself, but only about the people and the Kingdom of God.
In another place, when Lord Jesus Christ had done a miracle, people came to anoint Him as a king but He withdrew Himself to a mountain.
(Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make Him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by Himself.
This is the mind of Christ Jesus.
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor so that you through His poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9)
- Lord Jesus Christ taught this humble state to His disciples:
Lord Jesus Christ washed His disciples feet. In this place, He took the very nature of the servant.
Lord Jesus Christ, poured water into the basin and began to wash His disciples feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around Him. (John 13:5)
Lord Jesus Christ said, the greatest among you should be the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.
For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? It is not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. (Luke 22:26,27)
Lord Jesus Christ was baptized by John, this shows the humble state of our Lord. Lord said, it is proper for us to fulfill all righteousness. (Matthew 3:15)
By His Humility, He fulfilled the righteousness of God.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom of many.” (Mark 10:45)
- Prayer is a sign of Humility:
In many places in the life of Lord Jesus Christ, He didn’t show pride by using His power, instead He showed His Humbleness by His prayer. He was always dependent upon God.
When they came to arrest Jesus, He didn’t use His power. When Peter raised His sword to cut the guardian’s ear, He said Peter to Put his sword back. Even though Jesus knew that the angels would come and rescue Him but He never used His power and authority to destroy them.
Also at the cross, when they hurled insults upon the Lord, He prayed, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34)
The word of God says,
During the days of Jesus life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save Him from death and He was heard because of His reverent submission. (Hebrews 5:7)
At the last minute of His death, Lord Jesus Christ cried out in a loud voice to the Father and gave His Spirit to Him. (Matthew 27:50)
When you pray, you receive humbleness from God.
- Meeting up together in the Church gives Humility:
The word of God in the old testament says,
It is a day of Sabbath rest, and you must deny yourselves; it is a lasting ordinance. (Leviticus 16:31)
Whenever you gather together in the Church of God, you deny yourself, you humble yourself before God.
Also if we see the word of God in the new testament,
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24)
Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. (Proverbs 16:19)
Always clothe yourself with this mind, the mind of Christ Jesus.
Finally let us remember the word of Lord Jesus Christ,
“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:12)
“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5)
Therefore, In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:5)