Having the Mindset of Christ
Verse 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Yesterday we started talking about how seeing ourselves in light of who Christ is will bring us to a place of humility. How should seeing this truth change how we live?
Our key verse for the day doesn’t say that we should treat others as if we were Christ nor does it say that we should see ourselves as equal to Him. In fact, the original Greek doesn’t mention relationships at all except for our relationship with Jesus. The verse simply translated says that we should have the same mindset as Jesus did when He was on earth.
Jesus lived a life of perfect humility. His very coming to earth showed how humble He is. The way He treated others is the perfect example for us. His humility wasn’t fake or a fight, it was His living out just how much He loves those He created.
No one will take the care and time to repair a shattered vase as will the one who created it in the first place. Sure someone who cherishes the object will take a good deal of care in the fixing but they don’t know the object as intimately. Those who have no care for the object would give it the least effort in repair. This brings us back to humility.
Because of the love of the Creator for His choice creation, He did the only thing a loving creator could do, bend down, pick of the broken pieces and painstakingly piece them back together. The created can’t put themselves back together, someone else must do the work. This is His humility on full display.
So how can this apply to us and help us have the same mindset as He did? Our mindset should reflect His. Though we are not the Creator we reflect Him. He is the perfect Creator and though we are His masterpiece, we shouldn’t view ourselves as something to be sat on the shelf for the enjoyment of all. We are called to be useful vessels, useful for His purpose. This means looking after His other creation and cherishing it as He does. Sometimes that may mean putting in the time and effort to care and help mend those who have fallen and are broken. Humbly as if we are being His hands, feet and mouthpiece. Because we are.
Making It Personal
In what ways have others humbly served you? How have you served another in His name? Does the level of your serving humbly reflect Christ?
Making It Personal Kids
Has someone helped you in the way Jesus would help someone? Have you ever helped someone in a way that Jesus would have helped them? What is a way you can serve Jesus today by serving another person?
Father, we confess the times we have served others out of our pride. Reveal to us what it truly means to be humble so that we can reflect You and Your character to all we come in contact with. In Jesus’ name, amen.