The mind of Christ

I have been thinking a lot lately about how the Bible says we have the mind of Christ. It is something I have been praying about and starting to research. Here are some early reflections.

The Dictionary of Biblical Themes describes the mind of Christ as, “The centre of Jesus Christ’s thought, understanding and motivation, characterised by a total dedication to God. Christians are called upon to have the same mind as Christ.”

What a great simple definition. Having Christ’s thoughts, understanding, motivation and dedication to God. This is something we should all aim for as disciples of Christ.

In 1 Corinthians 2:15-16 NLT the Apostle Paul tells us why this is so important. He says, “Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. [16] For, “Who can know the LORD’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.”

Paul tells us that having the mind of Christ is important for us as Christians so we can understand the things of God and evaluate all things.

In verse 14 Paul gives us context, “But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.”

So for us as Christians it is vitally important to have the mind of Christ. It enables us to both understand the things of God and helps us to be totally dedicated to God with our lives.

Prayer

Dear God, help us to understand what it is to have the mind of Christ. Help us to have the same attitude of Christ. Please renew our minds so we can understand the things of God and evaluate all things. I pray we can be totally dedicated to You and Your Kingdom. I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

A pray for calling

I am doing a daily devotional at the moment. It included this prayer today. I thought I would share it…

God, You know my heart better than anyone. You know the dreams I have for the future, and the silent prayers I’ve prayed for years. You know what I am longing for, searching for, and waiting for.

You know my dreams, but You have a plan. You make all things beautiful in their proper timing. You are faithful to keep Your promises. But so often, I forget this and grow discouraged when my situations don’t seem to change. In those moments, it’s easy to forget that You are not done working.

As I prepare for a new season, remind me of the promises You have for me, the gifts You’ve given me, and the hope that I have in You. Search me, and know my heart. Try me and test my anxious thoughts. See if there is anything within me that grieves You.

You are the one who establishes my steps. So in this new season, I am choosing to trust You with the unknown. I am choosing to be faith-filled because You are faithful.

Through Your Holy Spirit, please change the way I think and behave. Transform my mind so that I can discover Your perfect will. Allow me to become the person You created me to be so that I can fulfill the calling You’ve placed on my life.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

We love Him because He listens

Psalm 116:1-2 NLT – I love the LORD because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. [2] Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!

We love the Lord because…

  1. He hears our prayers
  2. He bends down to listen

As a result we will pray all our lives. We will pray as long as we have breath.

Prayer

Dear God, thank-you that You bend down to listen to my prayers. I love You with all of my heart. I will pray to You as long as I live. Amen.

A friend of sinners and outcastes

Jesus was often accused of being friends with sinners and outcastes by the religious leaders of His day. They could not understand why a man who claimed to be a religious leader would possibly have time for people that were considered sinners or outcastes by the religious “elite” of society.

Jesus loved all people and as He travelled around with His disciples, He made connections with people that most “religious” people would avoid while walking down the street. The thing I love about Jesus’ interactions with the people most considered sinners or outcastes is, they didn’t stay that way for long. After spending time with Jesus, they knew there was a better way. The Bible is full of stories of people who turned their lives around after an encounter with Jesus. Mary Magdalene, Zacchaeus, and the Samaritan woman at the well to name a few.

Why did Jesus take the time to do this? Luke 19:10 tells us this very clearly. It says, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Jesus mission was, and still is, to seek and save the lost. Today He uses you and me to do this. We are His hands, His feet, and His mouthpiece to tell people just how much He loves them.

My heart is to not be like the “religious elite” of Jesus’ day, but to be a normal every day guy who loves people and points them to Jesus. Maybe instead of walking the dusty roads of Palestine, we sit at a desk in an office and share our faith when the opportunity arises, or we drive long distances to visit with people who need a listening ear, or we talk with our neighbours over the side fence?

However we do it, we just need to remember that our mission is to continue Jesus’ mission to seek and save the lost.

Prayer

Dear Jesus, thank You that You came to seek and save the lost. Thank You that You found me. I pray that I will be able to continue Your mission. I pray You will show me people who need You. I pray You will give me a love for them and give me the right words to say when I speak to them. Use me to seek and save the lost. I ask this in Your name, Amen.