Philippians 2:5-10 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
The first eight verses of this chapter go against my natural inclinations! Be merciful. Be likeminded. Be lowly. Look not on my own things. Look on the things of others. Esteem others better than myself. This is NOT a natural way of living. This kind of living is going to take help. I need a model. I need someone to whom I can look.
Verses 7-8 of Philippians 2 give me this model. The model is called “this mind”. “This mind” is to be “in” me. If it’s going to be in me, I must look to Christ. If I want to live how I’m exhorted to live in verses 2-4, I must apply verses 5-8. Jesus Christ is our example, and the mind He had is our model. Briefly, here is how “this mind” was lived out through Christ.
- He “made” Himself of no reputation – Jesus emptied Himself of His glory and reputation that He had before coming to earth. This was a voluntary act. He came without pomp or grandeur. He didn’t look to make a name for Himself. If we’re to have “this mind”, we’re not to seek to make a name for ourselves. We’d do well to seek to preach Christ, pass the baton, die, an be ok with being forgotten.
- He “took” upon Him the form of a servant – Jesus took on a servant’s form. He washed feet. He served. He helped. He gave. If we’re to have this mind, we’re to look for ways to serve our fellow brethren and our fellow man. This is what He came to do – not to be ministered unto, but to minister.
- He humbled Himself – A true mark of the mind of Christ is one of humility. We must ask, is there humility in my lifestyle, my preaching, my counseling, and my living as a whole?
- He was obedient unto death – Jesus was obedient, no matter what it cost Him. He always did the things that pleased His Father. He despised the shame. He took up the cross. He was obedient to the end. If we’re to have the mind of Christ, we will be obedient to the Father, no matter the cost. Where He leads us, we will follow. What He asks of us, we will do. What he requests of us, we will give up. This is the mind of Christ – the mind of obedience.
Let’s pursue the mind of Christ in our lives today!