THE MIND OF CHRIST

Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like- minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others
(Philippians 2:1-4 NKJV)


I’ve heard it said, and even said it myself, “Well, they put their pants on the same way I do... one leg at a time”. That statement is so true... well, except for maybe firemen. We often like to use that statement when we believe someone else thinks themselves better than us. I believe that the fact is, to a point, we all are guilty of this at some point to someone.

There were people in the church of Philippi that were becoming unloving and selfish of one another. Here Paul address’ this issue in the church. When I look at this statement he’s making, I see a key point of esteeming others better than ourselves.

When we look at Scripture, we see terms like “love your neighbor as yourself” and “once you have what you need give to those in need”. If we are honest with ourselves, these are real hard issues. We live in the pattern of life that this life is short and we have to live life to it’s fullest. Therefore, we tend to focus on self; we put self first.

When we take on the mind of Christ, we humble ourselves to a position of understanding that we put on our pants the same way as everyone else... one leg at a time. When we humble ourselves to this point, we understand that our living this life to it’s fullest is not done on a selfish ambition that will die with us and our memory. When we humble ourselves to this point, taking time to help others, parting with some of our money so others can eat and have clothes, taking that moment to lend a ear to someone hurting, and the likes becomes so much easier. When we humble ourselves to this point, this point in which we live this life in a manner which we care for others more than ourselves, we leave a legacy that others will remember; and many may follow.

Let’s take time to slow down and see the needs of others. And, I have a challenge for all of us: at the end of each day, think back at what you done and what you bought, and think about if you lived that day by a more selfish means in which we looked over someone in need and worried only about our own comforts and entertainment.