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December 21, 2021: The Mind of Christ

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5, KJV).

What is the mind of Christ? How does God think? If we continue with this passage in Philippians, we learn that even though Jesus was God, He humbled Himself to become a man. But He didn’t stop there. He didn’t come as a king or some wealthy person; He became a servant.

He didn’t stop there either. He humbled Himself to be subject to death on a cross—the worst and most humiliating form of punishment any human could endure. Accordingly, the mind of Christ is complete and utter selflessness and humility.

Because of His selfless sacrifice, we learn that Christ was exalted above every name. And “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow” (Phil. 2:10, KJV).

Contrast this with Lucifer, who said, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God. … I will be like the most High” (Isa. 14:13–14, KJV). Lucifer wanted everything, including the worship of all living creatures. Pride ruled his heart. And what will happen to him? “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell” (Isa. 14:15, KJV). Lucifer was unwilling to give up pride and selfishness, and he will suffer the consequences.

Am I willing to give up my own desires, selfishness and pride and follow Christ? God promises that “it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13, KJV). So God will give us the victory, then give us the reward at the end, just for allowing Him to do His will in us.

Father, thank You that You give us victory through Jesus. May we have His selfless mind. Amen.

Perry Heinrich is an elder and the treasurer of the Linthicum church in Maryland.