September 28, 2007
The final characteristic which is identified in (Phil 2:8) as it pertains to the mind of Christ is: He was totally obedient. Jesus was obedient all the way to the cross or until the day He died. And if we are to hear the Lord say “well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord”, we too must be obedient until death or until the rapture, which ever comes first. You see we won’t get to heaven for any less than what Jesus did. If obedience is the price, then we must pay the price as well. Also, we must realize that obedience is the main currency in heaven; in other words, it causes God to move on your behalf. Obedience in God’s eyes must be total; there is no such thing as partial obedience; it’s either all or nothing, and that’s the thing I like about God, He leaves no grey area. In fact, (James 2:10) says whosoever keeps the whole law yet offends in one point, is guilty of all the law”. We have to obey the whole word of God, and it is possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. Obedience is so important to God that (Samuel 15:22) says “Behold to obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams”. Thus, God would rather have you come to Him in obedience, than to bring your best offering in disobedience. Because an offering made to God in disobedience is unacceptable anyway. Therefore, obey God, because it is the only way you will be proven to be worthy of heaven.
God Bless You.
September 27, 2007
The third attribute we find in (Phil 2:8) as it pertains to the mind of Christ is: He humbled himself. Jesus operated in humility during his time on earth; and I think the first thing I need to do is define humility. Humility is characterized by modesty or meekness in behavior, attitude and spirit. Another word which I think of when I hear humility is meekness, because a believer that’s meek will exhibit humility; and we know the word of God says “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth”. Thus, when a believer exhibits true humility, it gets the attention of heaven, because humble Christians are hard to come by. Humility doesn’t come naturally; it comes about supernaturally, when Christians submit to the power of God. Humility is so important to God that (1Pt. 5:6) says “Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God that he may exalt you in due time”. You see when we bow down our lives totally to the will of God, even as Jesus did, He eventually lifts us up and causes us to be what He desires for us to be. However, the exaltation won’t come until the humility is evident on earth, in hell, and in heaven. You see when true humility is evident, people can tell, demons can tell, and God certainly can tell. Finally, humble Christians are those who are approachable, teachable, gentle, and loving; humble Christians don’t think too highly of themselves, neither do they operate in low self esteem, but they look for balance in their lives.
God Bless You.
September 26, 2007
The second attribute we see in (Phil 2:7) as it pertains to the mind of Christ, is He had a mind to serve. The scripture says “He took upon him the form of a servant”. Jesus didn’t come to be served, He came to serve. In fact, (St. Mark 10:45) says “For even the son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister, and give his life a ransom for many”. Thus, if we as Christians are to have the mind of Christ, we must become well acquainted with serving; even the word minister means servant or to serve. All who call themselves Christians are servants of God, meaning we are all ministers whether we carry an official church title or not. Many believers associate the term “minister” with pulpit ministry, when that is not always the case. You see God needs somebody to feed the hungry, to visit the sick, to provide food and shelter to the homeless; He needs somebody to clean the bathrooms at the church, somebody to mop the floors…etc; you see that’s ministry as well. Additionally, Jesus gave us probably one of the greatest examples of servant-hood when He washed the disciples feet in (St. John 13:5); and then he told them “If I then, your Lord and master, have washed your feet; ye ought also to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” (St. John 13: 14-15). Thus, if Jesus rolled up his sleeves and served, we must be willing to get a little dirty for Jesus sake as well. Somehow today it is assumed that everybody who is called to the ministry, is called to preach (Pulpit ministry), however, God didn’t call us all to preach, but He did call all of us to serve; and if you are not willing to serve, but you are looking to be served, you need to check the motives of your heart; for service is one of the attributes of the mind of Christ.
God Bless You.
September 25, 2007
We can learn a lot about the mindset of Jesus during his life on earth from (Phil 2:5-11). If we are to have the mind of Christ, which we have to obtain if heaven is to be ours, we must understand a few concepts. The Apostle Paul shares with us vital steps in order to have this mind of Christ. The first step I would like to share today is He made himself of no reputation: Though he was with the Father from the beginning, though he was God incarnate; Jesus hid his heavenly fame in an earthly frame and submitted his whole life to the will of the Father. Jesus didn’t spend a whole lot of time talking about himself and what he wanted; he spent his time talking about what the Father wanted. In the Gospel we constantly read where Jesus said “He didn’t come to do his will, but the will of the Father that sent Him”. What we learn is in order to make yourself of no reputation, the ministry can’t be about you, but it must be about the one that sent you. To all the believers’ out there, it was Jesus Christ sacrifice which saved you and it was He which called you and said “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature”. Therefore, you too must make yourself of no reputation and operate in the ministry which is above you; which is the ministry of Jesus Christ by the leading of the Holy Spirit. If you are saved, your life, your ministry can no longer be about you. You must let go of the life you have known and allow the Holy Spirit to re-shape your life, even your thought process. Finally, to make yourself of no reputation means you must decrease so the Holy Spirit has the opportunity to increase in your life. Because as long as you are in charge of your life there can never be increase, and as Christians we need increase.
God Bless You.