When this section comes to a conclusion we discover that Paul is talking about the mind of Christ. It is the character of God which is selfless, doing nothing out of selfish ambition, but everything for others. It is God’s character that is humble, which is why the incarnate Christ came for humanity. We are invited to participate with Christ, so that his mind becomes our mind, and his characteristics become our characteristics.
When we are in Christ we discover the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit unites us in fellowship with the Triune God. It is there that we discover the mind of Christ. His thoughts become our thoughts. His passions become our passions. His humility becomes our humility. His characteristics become our characteristics.
The life of a Christian becomes a witness to the presence of Christ. There should be an obvious transformation in the lives of God’s children, and the result visible for all. God didn’t take on the characteristic of humility, but his humility always existed. It was because of God’s humility that Christ became incarnate for all of humanity. The visible expression of the incarnation reveals the character of God’s holy love. Selfless self-giving for the sake of others becomes the overwhelming picture into which we are invited to be drawn.
If there is no humility; no putting others above yourself, then maybe we need to question whether we truly are in Christ. This is the witness of the Spirit in our lives, the mind of Christ, actively engaged in our daily lives. This brings glory to God.
Lord, I want to know you more. I want the mind of Christ to be revealed in who I am on a daily basis. Amen.
This post was written by Rev Carla Sunburg. You can find her original post here: reflectingtheimage.blogspot.com/2018/03/the-mind-of-christ.html