“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:5-7
Today’s scripture again starts out with the understood subject you, indicating that this is something you must do on purpose. It doesn’t just automatically happen. So here we see that you are to allow the mind set of Christ Jesus to exist inside you. That is the mindset of a servant. This passage says He humbled Himself and became obedient even to dying on the cross. He didn’t come into the world as God, He came as man and not royalty, but a servant. Some translations even say slave. Jesus demonstrated this servant mindset continuously in His day to day life. Every day, He walked out God’s agenda, not His own. Imagine, getting up each morning and going before your heavenly Father and asking, what’s my assignment for today? You don’t even consider the list of things that you have already planned for the day. Is this even possible? With all the plans and commitments we have each day, do we even have time to consider what God needs to get done today?
I guess the first place to start when considering this would be, is God’s agenda important? Does it really matter if I get the plan from Him each day? Or, am I automatically doing His work just because I am His child? Well, today’s passage says Jesus had to humble Himself. God didn’t do it for Him or else He would not be the loving Father of choice and free will. He gave us the ability to choose what we will do with this life. He does not force it on us and the only way His plan is enforced is if we walk it out step by step, day by day. If Jesus had to submit and consult with God daily, how much more do we need to? Think about it, all through the scripture God’s plan was carried out by individuals who submitted to the plan and obeyed the direction God gave.
This is a struggle for me. As much as I think about this and desire it, I still find that I fill my days up with mostly my agenda. I know that God is so gracious and loves me in spite of this, but I would like my love for Him and His plans to dominate my everyday life. How do I get there? So, I have resolved to be a servant to all, just like my LORD Jesus and even though I don’t get it perfect, the grace of God covers my lack. Glory to God!!
Today I want to encourage you to let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Take on His servant mentality each day. Start each day with a special time of seeking God’s plan for the day. Don’t worry about fitting it in, He will keep you on track and probably even help you delete some of the unimportant things. Be watching for opportunities to bless others and to show the love of God to those you meet and consider others above yourself.
Today’s scripture reading: Philippians 2:5-11