Let this mind be in you…
March 22, 2013
This is how St. Paul finishes the sentence: …which was also in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 2:5) The Apostle gives numerous clues what that mind is – and what it isn’t. For example, it’s not the carnal mind which is enmity against God. But it is the comfort of love. It’s not doing things through strife or vainglory. It’s doing God’s good pleasure. (you can find many more examples in Paul’s letters in the New Testament)
But the best indicator of that mind which was also in Christ Jesus is the Master himself. His words and works give a powerful insight into what he was thinking.
When he fed the multitude with just a few items, was he afraid or worried? No. He was grateful and compassionate. (see Matt. 14:15 to 21)
When he healed the sick and raised the dead and dying, was there any sense of limitation in his outlook? No. He freely shared health and life and goodness with all.
When he was on the cross, did he condemn or criticize? No, he forgave and forgot. (see John chapter 19)
And St. Paul advises that we have the same mind. That means replace fear with love; stifle limitation with generosity; overcome death by living more abundantly. But it especially means recognize God – his Father and your Father – as able to do all things. (see Luke 1:37) That is the most important mindset to embrace.
Jesus explained it this way, “The Son can do nothing of himself; but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” (see John 5:19)
Let this humble, expectant, joyful, obedient, worthy, compassionate mind be in you. And just see how it transforms your life.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.