Let This Mind Be In You
Daily Devotional for June 14th
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. Philippians 2:5-8
With all the temptations and distractions there are in the Christian life, it’s truly amazing when a child of God leaves this world with their integrity intact and their name held in high regard. Most of us know people who made a stand for God but fell to sin. Their labor for God seemed insignificant or delegitimized afterward.
In this world so many people want the reputation of being the “greatest preacher” or the “notable apostle” or the “greatest prophecy teacher” of the day. Is this not the pride of life? Paul, through the Holy Spirit, wrote wonderful words here that give us insight into that which was in the mind of Jesus Christ. He also exhorted that this mind needs to be in us. The life of Jesus was spent doing the will of the Father. Jesus desired no reputation. He had no interest in recognition. In order for you serve God, your heart and mind should not drift into a mindset of reputation, but to live only to be in the will of God.
Jesus also took upon Him the form of a servant. Even though Jesus was and is the Son of God and was equal to God, He still submitted and surrendered Himself. A servant places themselves to the will of their master. Do you serve God on your terms? Do you live for God your way or do you seek to hear from God and obey His leading? We cannot serve God by asking God to follow us or get into what we are doing. If this is the case, then we are asking the Lord to submit to us and will result in a miserable Christian life.
Jesus also humbled himself and became obedient unto death. He is our example. Serving God can only start with a surrendered heart; a servant’s heart. Obedience to God’s will can only come through your love for Him. Do you love the Lord today friend? If He has performed wonders in your life by saving you, cleansing you with His precious blood and giving you a brand new start, then the only response on our part that makes sense is surrendering to Him in obedience. You’ll find obedience is the most rewarding place you could ever reside.